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Gale crater and impact processes - Curiosity's first 364 Sols on Mars

Newsom, Horton E.; Mangold, Nicolas; Kah, L.C.; Williams, Joshua M.; Arvidson, Ray E.; Stein, Nathan; Ollila, Anne M.; Bridges, John; Schwenzer, Susanne P.; King, Penelope; Grant, J.; Pinet, Patrick; Bridges, N; Calef , F.; Wiens, Roger C.; Spray, John G.; Vaniman, David; Elston, Wolf E.; Berger, Jeff A.; Garvin, J; Palucis, M


Impact processes at all scales have been involved in the formation and subsequent evolution of Gale crater. Small impact craters in the vicinity of the Curiosity MSL landing site and rover traverse during the 364 Sols after landing have been studied both from orbit and the surface. Evidence for the effect of impacts on basement outcrops may include loose blocks of sandstone and conglomerate, and disrupted (fractured) sedimentary layers, which are not obviously displaced by erosion. Impact...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Icarus
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.10.013


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