Slope of Gale Crater above MSL Landing Site
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Slope of Gale Crater above MSL Landing Site
ESP_023034_1755  Science Theme: Hydrothermal Processes
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This image covers materials near Gale Crater just north of the planned Mars Science Laboratory landing site.

It is possible that hydrothermal deposits formed here in association with the creation and cooling of Gale Crater billions of years ago. This material could then have been transported into the landing ellipse by fluvial processes.

Hydrothermal deposits may represent evidence for an ancient habitable environment on Mars.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (3 August 2011)



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Acquisition date:26 June 2011 Local Mars time: 2:08 PM
Latitude (centered):-4.248° Longitude (East):137.389°
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