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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


GUEST BLOG / By NASA--As Cassini probe plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere recently ending forever a remarkable space journey, another USA space machine kept on working years after its arrival on Mars.

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, from the location where it landed in August 2012 to its location in July 2017, and its planned path to additional geological layers of lower Mount Sharp.

The blue star near top center marks "Bradbury Landing," the site where Curiosity arrived on Mars on Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, EDT and Universal Time). Blue triangles mark waypoints investigated by Curiosity on the floor of Gale Crater and, starting with "Pahrump Hills," on Mount Sharp. The Sol 1750 label identifies the rover's location on July 9, 2017, the 1,750th Martian day, or sol, since the landing.

In July 2017, the mission is examining "Vera Rubin Ridge" from the downhill side of the ridge. Spectrometry observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have detected hematite, an iron-oxide mineral, in the ridge. Curiosity's planned route continues to the top of the ridge and then to geological units where clay minerals and sulfate minerals have been detected from orbit.

The base image for the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. North is up. "Bagnold Dunes" form a band of dark, wind-blown material at the foot of Mount Sharp.

The scale bar at lower right represents one kilometer (0.62 mile)..

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. For more information about Curiosity, visit and

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover.

More information about Curiosity is online at and

Now that Cassini is vaporized, Earthlings can now pay attention to the probe that brought back all those amazing images of Pluto and its surroundings.
Now New Horizons is off deeper into the Kuiper Belt.  For the latest NASA update on New Horizons Click here.

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