Mastcam-Z Pinestand Mountain mosaic (sol 718)
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/resources/27459/mastcam-zs-view-of-pinestand
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured this mosaic of an isolated hill nicknamed “Pinestand.” Scientists think sedimentary layers stacked on top of one another here could have been formed by a deep, fast-moving river. But uncertainty about their formation remains because the layers are exceptionally tall by Earth geology standards to have been created by a river – some standing 66 feet (20 meters) high.
The mosaic was captured by Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z camera on Feb. 26, 2023, the 718th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The mosaic was stitched together from 18 individual Mastcam-Z images after they were sent back to Earth. This natural color view is approximately how the scene would appear to an average person if they were on Mars, and the enhanced color view exaggerates small color differences among these rocks and soils related to differences in grain size, texture, and/or mineralogy.
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February 26, 2023