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From: Alan Ianson (1:153/757.3)
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Date: Tue, 14.09.21 00:06
Daily APOD Report
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our
fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation
written by a professional astronomer.

2021 September 14

Mars Panorama 360 from Curiosity
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Processing & License: Elisabetta
Bonora & Marco Faccin (

Explanation: Which way up Mount Sharp? In early September, the robotic
rover Curiosity continued its ascent up the central peak of Gale
Crater, searching for more clues about ancient water and further
evidence that Mars could once have been capable of supporting life. On
this recent Martian morning, before exploratory drilling, the rolling
rover took this 360-degree panorama, in part to help Curiosity's human
team back on Earth access the landscape and chart possible future
routes. In the horizontally-compressed featured image, an amazing vista
across Mars was captured, complete with layered hills, red rocky
ground, gray drifting sand, and a dusty atmosphere. The hill just left
of center has been dubbed Maria Gordon Notch in honor of a famous
Scottish geologist. The current plan is to direct Curiosity to
approach, study, and pass just to the right of Gordon Notch on its
exploratory trek.

Tomorrow's picture: cyclone earth

Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.
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