Advertisement
News
Advertisement

Yellowknife Bay Formation on Mars

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:03am
NASA

Yellowknife Bay Formation on Mars Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis mosaic of images from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation. The scene has the Sheepbed mudstone in the foreground and rises up through Gillespie Lake member to the Point Lake outcrop.

These rocks record superimposed ancient lake and stream deposits that offered past environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. Rocks here were exposed about 70 million years ago by removal of overlying layers due to erosion by the wind.

The scene is a portion of a 111-image mosaic acquired during the 137th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (December 24, 2012). The foothills of Mount Sharp are visible in the distance, upper left, southwest of camera position.

Related content:
> Annotated View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, With Drilling Sites
> NASA Rover Results Include First Age Measurement on Mars and Help for Human Exploration

Advertisement

Share this Story

X
You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
Loading