From a position in the shallow "Yellowknife Bay" depression, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its right Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the telephoto images combined into this panorama of geological diversity.
A lip defining the edge of Yellowknife Bay is visible in the middle distance near the center of the image and in the farther distance on the right.
The scene is a combination of three mosaics taken on Sols (Martian days) 137, 138, and 141 of Curiosity's work on Mars (Dec. 24, 25 and 28, 2012). Each sol's images were acquired between about 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., local Mars solar time. Distances from the rover range from about 10 feet (3 meters) for the closest objects in the picture to about 100 feet (30 meters) for the most distant ones.
The mosaic raw-color version shows what the rocks look like on Mars to the camera. The white-balanced version is also available, to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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