Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills
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Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills
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The Mars rover Curiosity is exploring the Pahrump Hills in Gale Crater. The region contains sedimentary rocks that scientists believe formed in the presence of water. Curiosity’s recent activities have included a mini-drilling test.

Last year in December, HiRISE spied Curiosity in the Pahrump region. Zooming in, one can clearly see the rover and its shadow to the upper right. The bright features in the image are sedimentary rock and the dark areas are sand. HiRISE plans to periodically image Curiosity, as well as its companion Opportunity, as they continue to explore Mars.

Written by: Nathan Bridges (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (4 February 2015)

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Acquisition date
13 December 2014

Local Mars time:
15:14

Latitude (centered)
-4.676°

Longitude (East)
137.379°

Range to target site
270.3 km (168.9 miles)

Original image scale range
27.0 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~81 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

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Equirectangular

Emission angle:
5.9°

Phase angle:
56.1°

Solar incidence angle
51°, with the Sun about 39° above the horizon

Solar longitude
251.6°, Northern Autumn

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
338.0°
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Postscript
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.