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.
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
Latest posts by Sebastien Clarke (see all)
- 50 Years Ago: NASA’s Apollo 12 Was Struck By Lightning Right After Launch … Twice! - November 15, 2019
- SpaceX tests Crew Dragon abort thrusters - November 14, 2019
- The Curiosity rover detects oxygen behaving strangely on Mars - November 13, 2019