Curiosity Trek
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Curiosity Trek
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The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, continues its exciting traverse of Mars. In an image acquired in September, it was exploring the boundary between two rock units: the light-toned Murray Formation and the overlying and darker-toned Stimson unit. We can clearly see the rover in a complex terrain marked by tonally varied rocks, which on the surface, can correspond to the contact between rock units and dark sand.

In a second more recent image, the rover has moved quite aways from its previous location: it’s now further south, closer to the dark Bagnold dune field. These red lines delineate the boundary of a sandstone outcrop imaged by Curiosity’s Mastcam camera on 27 August 2015.

Written by: Nathan Bridges (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (9 December 2015)

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Acquisition date:10 November 2015 Local Mars time:14:51
Latitude (centered):-4.702° Longitude (East):137.373°
Range to target site:308.0 km (192.5 miles)Original image scale range:30.8 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~92 cm across are resolved
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Emission angle:30.4° Phase angle:74.9°
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