June 22, 2022

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured this 360-degree panorama near a location nicknamed “Sierra Maigualida” on May 22, 2022, the 3,481st Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Both the floor of Gale Crater and upper Mount Sharp are seen through a dusty atmospheric haze. Scientists interpret the curving and overlapping layers in the bedrock around the rover as evidence of cross-bedding, which occurs when layers are deposited from windblown sediment. The panorama is made up of 133 individual images captured by Curiosity’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam.

Curiosity was built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which leads the mission on behalf of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam.

For more about Curiosity, visit http://mars.nasa.gov/msl or https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.




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