Mastcam-Z Belva Crater mosaic (sol 772)
Posted by Jim Bell
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This text is based on the NASA/JPL media release for this mosaic, online at https://mars.nasa.gov/news/9405/nasas-perseverance-rover-captures-view-of-mars-belva-crater
On mission sol 772 (April 22, 2023), Mastcam-Z instrument aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover collected 152 images while looking deep into Belva Crater, a large impact crater within the far larger Jezero Crater. Stitched into a dramatic mosaic, the results are not only eye-catching, but also provide the rover’s science team some deep insights into the interior of Jezero.
Mastcam-Z was commanded to take the images of the basin while parked just west of Belva Crater’s rim on a light-toned rocky outcrop the mission’s science team calls “Echo Creek.” Created by a meteorite impact eons ago, the approximately 0.6-mile-wide (0.9-kilometer-wide) Belva crater reveals multiple locations of exposed bedrock as well as a region where sedimentary layers angle steeply downward.
Belva crater is named after a town in West Virginia (USA), which is itself named in honor of Belva Ann Lockwood (1830-1917), a US presidential candidate and early feminist.
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April 22, 2023