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A Closer Look at "Mazatzal"

This black and white panoramic camera image of the rock called "Mazatzal" (top of image) was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on sol 76 (March 2, 2004). It reveals some interesting features on this future rock abrasion tool target, including variants in tone, a sugary surface texture and scalloped areas where parts of the rock seem to have been worn away. Mazatzal's uniqueness is made even more obvious when it is compared to the more typical, basaltic rock in the lower right of the image.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Posted by at March 31, 2004 5:24 PM

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