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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

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Namib Dune, Mars

This Dec. 18, 2015, view of the downwind face of "Namib Dune" on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune's steep face, where cascading sand has sculpted very different textures than the wavy ripples visible on the dune's windward slope.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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