Thursday, February 22, 2024

Planet Mars: View of Wilkerson Butte | NASA Mars Curiosity Rover | JPL

Planet Mars: View of Wilkerson Butte | NASA Mars Curiosity Rover | JPL

MSL - sol 4096

This butte on Mars, called "Wilkerson," is located across the Gediz Valley Ridge. It was captured by NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover on sol 4096. In geomorphology, a butte is an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller landforms than mesas, plateaus, and tablelands. The word butte comes from the French word butte, meaning knoll (but of any size); its use is prevalent in the Western United States, including the southwest where mesa (Spanish for "table") is used for the larger landform. Due to their distinctive shapes, buttes are frequently landmarks in plains and mountainous areas. To differentiate the two landforms, geographers use the rule of thumb that a mesa has a top that is wider than its height, while a butte has a top that is narrower than its height. [Source: Wikipedia]

Celebrating 11+ Years on Mars (2012-2024)
Mission Name: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Rover Name: Curiosity
Main Job: To determine if Mars was ever habitable to microbial life. 
Launch: Nov. 6, 2011
Landing Date: Aug. 5, 2012, Gale Crater, Mars

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Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS
Processing: Kevin M. Gill
Image Release Date: Feb. 21, 2024

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