MSL – Gale Crater

Full size: 58.4mb | 15,623 x 15,623 pixels
NB: Full size image updated on 7/21/12

The landing site for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover called ‘Curiosity’ is Gale Crater. If for nothing else, this location will be spectacular for the views if nothing else.

I decided to put together some of the images taken by the HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft and overlay that on a wider view of Gale Crater and the region where Curiosity will explore.

Above is a thumbnail view of the image (you can click on it for a 2,000 x 2,0000 pixels view) or there’s a very large version on the ‘Full size’ link underneath the image.

Below is a full size crop from the large image to highlight some details (click to view in full).

There are even better and higher resolution versions on the HiRise website.

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