‘Rafael Navarro Mountain’
This image of a 120 meter tall hill named “Rafael Navarro Mountain” (5.4°S 137.8°E) was taken by the Curiosity Rover’s Mastcam on April 5th, 2021. It was named after astrobiologist Rafael Navarro-González, who worked on the Curiosity Rover’s SAM instrument before passing away in January, 2021.
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The inspiration for the name is award-winning scientist Rafael Navarro-González; he died on Jan. 28, 2021, from complications related to COVID-19. A leading astrobiologist in Mexico, Navarro-González was a co-investigator on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), a portable chemistry lab aboard Curiosity that has been sniffing out the chemical makeup of Martian soil, rocks, and air.