Gale Crater

6 08 2012

Altered Landing Target for MSL. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

I’m seeing a steady stream of hits on this site by people searching for maps of Gale Crater. I included a few maps in an earlier post about the MSL launch, but the best collection can be found on the HiRISE site. I recommend in particular the collection gathered during the landing proposal phase of the MSL project. You can also do a search on the words “Gale Crater” or browse through the image catalog┬áto look at the most recent images.

The JPL’s Explore Mars! site includes a tool for exploring Gale Crater. Use the navigation bar at the top of the page or click on any of the topographic tags to zoom and read more about the crater’s features. And of course, you don’t want to overlook Google Mars. Don’t expect to get any work done once you open that page up, though.