Wednesday, January 7, 2015
MEANWHILE BACK ON MARS
CURIOSITY UPDATE--This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called "Alexander Hills," which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets.
The mosaic of six Mastcam frames covers an area about 6 feet (2 meters) across. It shows details within the workspace accessible using the rover's robotic arm from the rover's location when the view was acquired. The component exposures were taken on Nov. 23, 2014, during the 817th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars.
As of today, the rover is in its 862nd sol.
The color has been approximately white-balanced to resemble how the scene would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.
This annotated version shows the location of three targets selected for study -- "Aztec," "Agate Hill" and "Cajon" -- and a 50-centimeter (20-inch) scale bar.
The location of Alexander Hills within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp is indicated on an earlier Mastcam view at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19039.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover's Mastcam.