Apr 24 2015

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I love it when we can see Curiosity from orbit

Mars Rover Curiosity Spotted from Space (Photo).

This was taken 8 April by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA’s eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a view of the space agency’s Curiosity rover trundling across the Red Planet.

The new MRO photo was taken by the spacecraft’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) on April 8. It shows the car-size Curiosity rover cruising through a valley called Artist’s Drive in the foothills of Mount Sharp.

The towering Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) into the Martian sky, has been Curiosity’s main science destination since before the rover’s November 2011 launch. Mission team members want the six-wheeled robot to climb up through the mountain’s foothills, reading a history of the Red Planet’s changing environmental conditions in the rocks as it goes.

Pretty cool! I’m guessing this is at about 2 meter resolution.

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