[meteorite-list] Curiosity Rover Drives On After Crossing Martian Dune

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:32:04 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201402112332.s1BNW5eE004991_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


NASA's Curiosity Drives On After Crossing Martian Dune
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
February 11, 2014

Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune The series of
nine images making up this animation were taken by the rear
Hazard-Avoidance Camera (rear Hazcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as
the rover drove over a dune spanning "Dingo Gap" on Mars.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing
science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge.

The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on Feb. 9, in its first drive
since the 23-foot (7-meter) crossing of the dune on Feb. 6. That put
Curiosity's total odometry since its August 2012 landing at 3.09 miles
(4.97 kilometers).

An animated sequence of images from the low-slung Hazard-Avoidance
Camera on the rear of the vehicle documents the up-then-down crossing of
the dune.

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to assess
ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian
environmental conditions. JPL, a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena, built the rover and manages the project for
NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information about Curiosity, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl
, http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/. You can
follow the mission on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity
and on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity.

Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster at jpl.nasa.gov

Received on Tue 11 Feb 2014 06:32:04 PM PST

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