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Processes of Science: Mars, a Case Study #6019 Matijevic Hill


Date: August 23, 2012
Location: Mars
Photographer: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University


Rock fins up to about 1 foot (30 centimeters) tall dominate this scene from the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The component images were taken during the 3,058th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity’s work on Mars (Aug. 23, 2012). The view spans an area of terrain about 30 feet (9 meters) wide. This outcrop is within an area informally named Matijevic Hill.

Orbital investigation has identified a possibility of clay minerals in this area.

It is presented in false color to make some differences between materials easier to see.


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