16312 x 2243px Mastcam-Z mosaic: Featuring an extensive boulder-field close to the rover on Sol 22. (More in comments)
16312 x 2243px Mastcam-Z mosaic: Featuring an extensive boulder-field close to the rover on Sol 22
- 24 Mastcam-z images assembled using MS-ICE in a 12×2 mosaic.
- Apologies in advance for the large size [16312×2243] 🙂 but the detail is amazing
- If you can’t view it full size, I have provided links to the induvial images below.
- Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
This seems like a much riskier terrain than Curiosity had to deal with.
If you recall the hazard map they issued before landing, much of the crater floor was considered too dangerous to land in LINK
They will spend time to navigate a safe way through those red zones 🙂 Plus I am sure once the helicopter trials are complete the science team will want to take a closer look at the wide variety of rocks within easy reach 🙂
many of them are rounded to the right side, was it water or wind that eroded that way?
To my amateur eye, there is lots of evidence here for directional aeolian erosion, so some of these rocks could be ‘Ventifacts’.
The rover is equipped with a pair of wind sensors that work in tandem to determine not only wind speed but wind direction, maybe they will show trends of wind direction in the crater 🙂