12.13.2016 Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars
12.13.2016 Where's Boron? Mars Rover Detects It
10.03.2016 Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes'
10.03.2016 Butte 'M9a' in 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
09.19.2016 Ribbon Cutting
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
09.09.2016 Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
08.26.2016 Out-of-this-World Records
03.30.2016 Erisa Hines
03.30.2016 Buzz Aldrin
02.12.2016 Women in Science
02.09.2016 Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer
01.27.2016 Night Close-up of Martian Sand Grains
01.27.2016 Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune
12.17.2015 Alteration Effects at Gale and Gusev Craters
12.17.2015 Full-Circle View Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
12.11.2015 Surface Close-up of a Martian Sand Dune
12.11.2015 Martian Sand Disturbed by Rover Wheel
11.24.2015 Carbon Exchange and Loss Processes on Mars
11.17.2015 Chemical Laptop 1
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'This panorama of the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on July 31, 2014, offers a view into sandy lower terrain called "Hidden Valley," which is on the planned route ahead. The full-circle vista combines several images taken by Curiosity's Navigation Camera in the afternoon of the mission's 705th Martian day, or sol, after completion of Sol 705's drive of about 16 feet (4.9 meters). South is at the center, north at both ends.
For the preceding few weeks, Curiosity had been crossing a plateau studded with embedded, sharp rocks. The planned route ahead from this Sol 705 location takes the rover southwestward through Hidden Valley, across sandier ground. The valley is about 150 feet (about 45 meters) wide. For a map showing this area, see http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18408 .
For scale, the distance between Curiosity's parallel wheel tracks entering the scene near the left edge is about 9 feet (2.7 meters). The panorama is presented here as a cylindrical projection.
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 and the rover's Navcam.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech