New 360-degree view of Mount Sharp
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has captured a new view of lower Mount Sharp near a feature called “Murray Buttes”.
The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of Curiosity’s robotic arm is about 300 feet (about 90 meters) from the rover and stands about 50 feet (about 15 meters) high. The horizontal ledge near the top of the mesa is about 200 feet (about 60 meters) across.
The relatively flat foreground is part of a geological layer called the Murray formation, which formed from lakebed mud deposits.
The image combines more than 130 images taken on Aug. 5, 2016, during the afternoon of the mission’s 1,421st sol, or Martian day.