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Life, Unbounded

A River Runs Through…Gale Crater

Close up of the crusty stream bed, a larger 'clast' is circled (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

It’s one thing to spot stuff from orbit above an alien world, quite another to get in close. Earlier Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter imagery of Gale Crater, now home to NASA’s Curiosity rover, had shown signs of what appeared to be something akin to an ‘alluvial fan’ spreading downwards from the crater rim. It was extremely [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Curiosity Targets Gale Crater

Most recent mapping of Curiosity landing ellipse.

The clock is ticking and NASA’s Curiosity rover with its burden of the Mars Science Laboratory is heading for a potentially historic landing on Mars. As we all wait to find out what happens, here’s a small look at the landing site. This is Gale Crater, a 150 km (about 90 mile) depression just south [...]

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