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'mount Sharp' on Mars Links Geology's Past and Future


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Gale Crater, Mars

Curiosity, the big rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will land in August 2012 near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

One particular mountain on Mars, bigger than Colorado's grandest, has been beckoning would-be explorers since it was first sighted from orbit in the 1970s.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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