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A photo taken by the Curiosity Rover's Mast
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A photo taken by the Curiosity Rover's Mast Camera highlights the geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside the Gale Crater, where the rover landed. The image provides independent evidence that the absence of hydrated minerals on the upper reaches of Mount Sharp may coincide with a very different formation environment than lower on the slopes. The train of white dots may represent an "unconformity," or an area where the process of sedimentation stopped. (Aug. 27, 2012)(Credit: AP)

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Mars Curiosity rover mission photos

The robotic explorer Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars on August 5, 2012 in a historic show of engineering prowess. The mission is intended to determine whether or not Mars has an environment needed for microscopic organisms to thrive.


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