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This view captures Curiosity's current work area where the rover continues its campaign to study an active sand dune on Mars.
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Curiosity's Play Space at a Martian Sand Dune

This view captures Curiosity's current work area where the rover continues its campaign to study an active sand dune on Mars. This site is part of the Bagnold Dunes, a band of dark sand dunes along the northwestern flank of Mars' Mount Sharp. This image was taken on Jan. 20, 2016, during the 1,229th Martian day, or sol, by Curiosity's front hazardous avoidance camera.


The mission's study of dunes in the Bagnold field, along the rover's route up the lower slope of Mount Sharp, is the first close look at active sand dunes anywhere other than Earth.

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 Hazcams. For more information about Curiosity, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.nasa.gov/msl.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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