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MARS & SCOTLAND 20 Oct 2012 Mars rover Curiosity arrives at Glenelg
The arrival of rover Curiosity at Glenelg, Mars, on Oct 20, will be celebrated with a party in Glenelg, Scotland, though, technicall

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MARS & SCOTLAND 20 Oct 2012 Mars rover Curiosity arrives at Glenelg
The arrival of rover Curiosity at Glenelg, Mars, on Oct 20, will be celebrated with a party in Glenelg, Scotland, though, technically, the site was named for a Canadian Glenelg. On Mars, Glenelg is one of a series of named quadrants in the Mount Sharp region. In Canada it is a jumping off point for expeditions that study the oldest rocks in North America. The residents of the Scottish Glenelg believe the name has much older associations with their town on a windswept peninsula in western Scotland.
The Los

MARS & SCOTLAND 20 Oct 2012 Mars rover Curiosity arrives at Glenelg
The arrival of rover Curiosity at Glenelg, Mars, on Oct 20, will be celebrated with a party in Glenelg, Scotland, though, technically, the site was named for a Canadian Glenelg. On Mars, Glenelg is one of a series of named quadrants in the Mount Sharp region. In Canada it is a jumping off point for expeditions that study the oldest rocks in North America. The residents of the Scottish Glenelg believe the name has much older associations with their town on a windswept peninsula in western Scotland.
The Los Angeles Times describes the Oct 20 party as a "blowout, with funding from institutions including the Royal Astronomical Society, the Institute of Physics for Scotland and Glasgow University." John C. Brown, the astronomer royal for Scotland, told the Times that the celebrations will include a demonstration of a radio-controlled model of an earlier Mars rover by amateur astronomers.

On Mars, three different terrain types come together in the Glenelg region, hence the scientific interest. According to NASA, one of the three terrain types is light-toned with well-developed layering, which likely records deposits of sedimentary materials. There are also black bands that run through the area and might constitute additional layers that alternate with the light-toned layers. The black bands are not easily seen from orbit and are on the order of about 3.3-feet thick. (WRITTEN SEP 2012)

RELATED READING:
On the Road to Glenelg (JPL images)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA16154

Destination Glenelg: As Curiosity rumbles along, Scotland rejoices (LA Times 25 Sep 2012)
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-curiosity-glenelg-mars-20120925,0,2793862.story

Date written/update: 2012-10-20