Mount Sharp

Mount Sharp

The Curiosity rover captured this view of the higher regions of Mount Sharp on September 9, 2015. Ridges packed with hematite, an iron oxide, exist alongside plains rich in clay minerals and rounded buttes containing sulfate minerals.

Deposited billions of years ago, these water-related minerals suggest a changing environment on early Mars. Mission scientists hope to explore these diverse areas with the Curiosity rover in the months and years ahead.

  • WEB15180-2015

  • Copyright/Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • For print or commercial use please see our permissions page.