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Daybreak at Gale Crater

This computer-generated images depicts part of Mars 
at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with 
an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch 
morning light.

Northward is to the left. Gale is the crater with a 

mound inside it near the center of the image. NASA 
selected Gale Crater as the landing site for Curiosity, 
the Mars Science Laboratory. The mission's rover will 
be placed on the ground in a northern portion of 
Gale crater in August 2012.

Gale Crater is 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter 

and holds a layered mountain rising about 3 miles 
(5 kilometers) above the crater floor. The intended 
landing site is at 4.5 degrees south latitude, 137.4 
degrees east longitude.

This view was created using three-dimensional 

information from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, 
which flew on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter. 
The vertical dimension is not exaggerated. Color
information is based on general Mars color 

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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