Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Gale Crater
Posted on 07/29/2011 6:18:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: This sharp view from the Thermal Emission Imaging System camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is centered on 154 kilometer (96 mile) wide Gale crater, near the martian equator. Within Gale, an impressive layered mountain rises about 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the crater floor. Layers and structures near its base are thought to have been formed in ancient times by water-carried sediments. In fact, a spot near the crater's northern side at the foot of the mountain has now been chosen as the target for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Scheduled for launch late this year, the mission will land Mars' next visitor from planet Earth in August of 2012, lowering the car-sized Curiosity rover to the martian surface with a hovering, rocket-powered skycrane. Curiosity's science instruments are intended to discover if Gale once had favorable environmental conditions for supporting microbial life and for preserving clues about whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
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...an impressive layered mountain rises about 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the crater floor. Layers and structures near its base are thought to have been formed in ancient times by water-carried sediments.Heh, yeah, in an enormous impact crater. Imagine that.
Everything on Mars is BIG. Olympus Mons, The Great Rift, Elvis....
[background singers] uh-uh-huh.
That’s just a hog’s snout pressed against my window. Oink no crater.
All Shook Up! LOL
On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Jackson Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong.
Prior to the 110th Congress, Jackson Lee served on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA.
I thought that water running downhill was just an Earth thing. /sarc
Hey, look - a big, gaping hole. They should re-name it the Nancy Pelosi crater.
Are there any close ups of these structures mentioned?Are they old Wal-Marts?
Gale Crater sounds like a classic Hollywood screen name.
There was an actress by that name, but she was in porn.
This is probably a stupid question. Forgive me. Why do they only publish black and white photos of the moon or is the moon without color?
I can’t beleive there is no color on the moon and Nasa publishes beautiful color pictures all the time. So why is it always black and white pics of the moon?
The Moon has basically no color, just shades of gray.
Aiiiiieeee! Run for your liiiiiives!
George: I just thought of a great name for myself, if I ever become a porno actor.
Jerry: Oh yeah, what? “Buck Naked”?
George: Yeah, how did you know that?
Jerry: You told me that already like two months ago.
Too bad Peter Boyle is a big leftie.
Where’s he buried? I feel like dancing.
I’m way out of the loop — he died Dec 17, 2006?!? If I ever knew that, I’d forgotten it. He knocked it out of the park (and won the Emmy) for his role in the X-Files episode “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”.
Stupidity and/or ignorance isn’t an impediment to getting elected.
Thanks. While I was waiting for your answer, I found this man’s moon youtube channel. It’s pretty interesting.
There are no artificial structures on the Moon, apart from the Apollo landings.
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