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2 images of Mars' Mount Sharp assembled, will be Curiosity's final stop

This split image shows two versions of Mars' Mount Sharp. The left image shows Mount Sharp in natural Mars color, while the right shows an enhanced version in Earth lighting, with a false blue sky. Mount Sharp is 3 miles high and will be the rover Curiosity's final stop.
March 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A panoramic view of Mars' Mount Sharp was assembled from dozens of images, giving earthlings a view of the final destination for the rover Curiosity.

The view comes in two versions: natural Mars color, and an enhanced version to show how the mountain might look in earth lighting, with a false blue sky. That version helps scientists study the terrain.

Mount Sharp is 3 miles high, making it taller than any mountain in the 48 states.

This comes just days after Curiosity also discovered that Mars once had some of the key ingredients for primitive life.

Some of those ingredients include water and basic elements that teeny organisms could feed on, once providing an environment where microbes "could have lived in and maybe even prospered in," said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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