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A long stretch sand dunes that Opportunity had to traverse in order to get to Mt. Sharp. First active dunes explored on another world. Curiosity visited it twice, with the second being a more linear stretch.

Bagnold Dunes Web Pages[]

Timeline[]

  • Nov 27, 2015 - Rover arrives at Bagnold Dunes, first ever closeup of dunes on another planet. At the cresecent-shaped dunes (called barchans) and start of Phase 1 of Bagnold Dunes Campaign.
  • Dec 10, 2015 - NASA announces rovers had reached the sand dunes of mars for the first time.
  • Early 2016 - Rover leaves the barchans area of the dunes
  • Feb 2017 - Rover reaches Phase 2 portion, where the dunes are more linear.

Geography[]

  • Gale Crater - Destination for the Curiosity rover, located at the border of the Southern Highlands of Mars and the Northern Lowlands. It may have been a lake in the past. The rover will search for signs of present or past microbes in the surface. Central peak is higher than any mountain in the continental United States. The crater is bisected by a grand canyon like feature where water may have flowed. Landing site contains material that has washed down from the crater's rim.
    • Bagnold Dunes - A long stretch sand dunes that Opportunity had to traverse in order to get to Mt. Sharp. First active dunes explored on another world. Curiosity visited it twice, with the second being a more linear stretch.
      • Crescent Dunes (Phase 1)
        • Namib Dune - Namib Dune
      • Linear Dunes (Phase 2)

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