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Watch NASA’s Curiosity rover explore an important Martian landmark

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Beginning in early March, Curiosity documented “Mont Mercou,” a 20-foot-tall rocky cliff jutting out of the Martian surface. On Earth, Mont Mercou lies in southern France, near the village of Nontron.

Here’s a stereoscopic view made from two shots of mini mountain.

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The latest panorama from Curiosity, composed of 132 individual shots taken on April 15, 2021, shows the best view yet from atop Mont Mercou.

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On its way to the “sulfate-bearing unit” ahead, Curiosity will pass by Rafael Navarro Mountain, named after a mission astrobiologist who passed away in January 2021.

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Shane Kimbrough