NASA’s Curiosity Rover is currently drilling holes on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in a region called the Stimson Unit. It recently took a break from its duties to take some long-range photos of a hilly region that the rover will explore in the coming months and years.
When Curiosity came burning through Mars' atmosphere two-and-a-half years ago, it marked the planet with its landing, and the impact of shedding its sky crane, heat shield, backshell, and parachute. But the planet is recovering, obscuring the scars with unending wind and dust.
The Curiosity Rover has taken enough self-portraits that it could be mistaken for a teenager with a brand new smartphone, but its latest self-shot is especially cool. We not only get a panoramic view of Curiosity sitting in the Gale Crater, we also get to explore its current work site a bit more closely.
You're looking at a small section of a vast and colorful panoramic view of Mars, one of the latest to be beamed back by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama (click here for full-res) shows a 360-degree view of the rover's landing site, and a clear shot of the highest visible reaches of Mount Sharp, the rover's primary…
Hey everyone, look! It's NASA's space litter!
Behold, the Curiosity rover's first color image of Mars. It's beautiful. Dusty, but beautiful. And yet, it might not even be the second-most exciting photograph we've received from Curiosity since it landed. Here's why.
NASA has upped the ante on the August landing of Curiosity, the largest, most scientifically capable planetary rover ever built. By shrinking the size of its target landing zone, the Agency hopes to place Curiosity closer to its experimental target, while saving it months of travel time.
Houston, we have a destination! After much design, testing and budget-wrangling, the NASA Curiosity Rover now "knows" where it will land and explore come August 2012. The crater is called Gale, and it's a promising site for water and life.