APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

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APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:06 am

Image Late Afternoon on Mars

Explanation: Shadows grow long near sunset in this wide panoramic view from the Curiosity rover on Mars. Made with Curiosity's navcam, the scene covers about 200 degrees from north through east to south (left to right), stitched together from frames taken by the Mars rover on sol 2616. That's just Earth date December 16. Curiosity is perched on top of a plateau on Western Butte. The distant northern rim of Gale crater is visible along the left. Near center is Central Butte, already visited by Curiosity. On the right, the shadow of the rover seems to stretch toward the base of Aeolis Mons (Mount Sharp), a future destination. The monochrome navcam frames have been colorized to approximate the colors of the late martian afternoon.

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Re: APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by Boomer12k » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:10 am

Outstanding...

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Re: APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by Tszabeau » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:19 am

Those are interesting mounds at 12:00.

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Re: APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:15 pm

I take it that the Mars calendar has 26 months? Just going by the 2616 Date! :roll:
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Re: APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by TheZuke! » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:05 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:15 pm
I take it that the Mars calendar has 26 months? Just going by the 2616 Date! :roll:
https://www.planetary.org/explore/space ... endar.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darian_calendar :?

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Re: APOD: Late Afternoon on Mars (2019 Dec 20)

Post by neufer » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:18 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:15 pm

I take it that the Mars calendar has 26 months? Just going by the 2616 Date! :roll:
Of course the 2616 "Date" represents the 2616 Martian day (~2688 Earth day) of Curiosity's sojourn.

(A Martian year does represent 25.625 Earth months, however, and would end on the 26th month.)
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Post by neufer » Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:55 pm

Curiosity has finally crossed the dark sand dunes at the foot of Mt. Sharp
and mounted the final terminal moraine (just below the "h" in 'Lower Reac"h"es').

In the near distance are hillocky drumlins pointing the way up an ancient glacial valley
that leads all the way up along the main arête to the very summit of Aeolis Mons.
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