The NASA Curiosity rover investigated a rock in Mars dubbed “Old Soaker” that scientists believe may have formed from the drying of a mud layer more than 3 billion years ago.
The view in the image looks like it was taken from a very high altitude, but it is a close up of a smaller piece of rock.
The image spans about 4-feet left to right and is a combination of three images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of the Curiosity Mars rover.
The dried cracks in the surface of the rock are believed to be evidence of a time when dry intervals interrupted wetter periods that supported lakes in the area of Gale Crater.
When the MAHLI camera snapped the image, it was about 3 feet above the surface of the rock.
The picture was snapped years ago on December 31, 2016.