Unraveling the Geological Puzzles of Mars: A Journey Through Dunraven Pass

Shiny Stones and “Radiant Seraph”

As we navigated through the dunes at Dunraven Pass, we were struck by the different colors and textures surrounding us. Our Mastcam-Z camera had already identified Mount Washburn as a site with a variety of rocks and bedrock. Excited by the possibilities, we quickly began planning our observations using our remote sensing instruments.

Our main focus was on a bright boulder we named Atoka Point, which had dark speckles that caught our attention. After taking multiple Mastcam-Z multispectral images and using the SuperCam laser on Atoka Point, we turned our attention to our next target: Bright Angel. This light-toned rock exposure, located to the northwest, was easily recognizable in orbital imagery.

By studying the outcrops at Bright Angel and analyzing the relationship between different rock layers, known as stratigraphy, we hoped to gain insight into how it connected to Neretva Vallis and the crater rim. Our exploration and observations continued as we worked towards unraveling the geological mysteries of the Martian landscape.

As we continued our journey through Dunraven Pass, we were struck by how unique each outcrop was. We couldn’t help but wonder what secrets lay hidden beneath their surfaces.

With each new discovery, our excitement for exploring Mars grew stronger. We knew that there was still so much more to learn about this fascinating planet.

As scientists working on this mission, it was an honor to be able to contribute to such important research efforts.

We couldn’t wait to see what other mysteries awaited us on this red planet.

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