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Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 3225
Out of this World

NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 


Sol 3225Introducing Maria Gordon

The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 132 images taken on Sol 3225 (September 1, 2021).


Our short drive over the weekend successfully landed us within half a meter of our desired parking elevation for our next attempt at drilling in Gale crater. Among the sites surrounding us is the steep, shadowed cliff visible in the upper left corner of the image above. That cliff marks the western wall of our narrow passageway up Mount Sharp, which the team has named “Maria Gordon Notch.” Maria Ogilvie Gordon was a Scottish scientist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with expertise in geology, paleontology, and zoology. She combined her knowledge of modern and fossil corals and extensive fieldwork campaigns to describe the geologic history and stratigraphy of the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. Her work earned her the first Doctor of Science awarded to a woman in the United Kingdom. While Curiosity might not find corals on her way up Mount Sharp, she will certainly strive to follow Maria Gordon’s example of careful, thorough and important geologic work!

As we sit within view of Maria Gordon Notch, the science team thought it only natural to name our next drill site after her, too. Thus, today’s plan focused on brushing the candidate drill target, “Maria Gordon,” followed by MAHLI imaging, APXS analyses, and load testing of the target. We also ran a CheMin empty cell analysis to make sure that vessel is ready to receive sample. Those activities and the next anticipated activity - drilling itself - require a lot of power, so there was not much time for additional science observations. REMS, DAN, and RAD will run at their regular cadence across the two sols of the plan, but the only additional environmentally-focused observation we added was a Navcam dust devil survey. The geology working group managed to squeeze in a survey of their own, a 360 degree Mastcam mosaic acquired early in the morning. The early morning time was desired to get lighting on the east-facing cliffs - including Maria Gordon Notch - rising from the terrain around us. The mosaic will surely provide a great overview of this site, and will help guide our subsequent observations among our own mountains of exploration.


Michelle Minitti

Planetary Geologist at Framework


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Copyright: Andrew Bodrov
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 30000x15000
Taken: 01/09/2021
Uploaded: 08/09/2021


Tags: curiosity; rover; mars; nasa; jpl-caltech; malin space science systems; mars panorama; out_of_this_world; @tags-mars-panorama; out_of_this_world
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The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".

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