This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows Gale Crater, home to the Curiosity Rover since August of 2012.

September 04, 2020

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Today's VIS image is located in Gale Crater. Home to the Curiosity Rover since August of 2012, Gale crater is 154km in diameter (96 miles). Multiple features within the crater are visible in this image, including dunes, wind and water etched rock, layered central mound (Aeolis Mons — common name Mount Sharp), and small channels. Aeolis Mons rises 18,000 ft (5,500 m) from the crater floor, higher than Mount Rainier rises above Seattle.

Orbit Number: 81879 Latitude: -4.7719 Longitude: 137.564 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-05-30 05:35

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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