|Ken Edgett describing the first MAHLI image from Curiosity. You can see a distinctive peak on the crater rim! This image reminds me of the Smokey Mountains! Although the color is a bit different - Welcome to Mars, the Red Planet! From AP Photo.|
The science efforts are really heating up. We've been working on mapping the geology and geomorphology of Curiosity's landing area using data from orbiters. These data are amazing! And when you have a hundred people looking at the same areas, lots of observations get made. I've worked with several others to compile maps made by ~20 volunteers. We are now at the stage of identifying better units for one of the particularly interesting rock types. We'll have a detailed discussion about how we want to map that unit starting at 1 am! It's absolutely fantastic!