NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 1451: Gorgeous view!
The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 146 images taken on Sol 1451 (September 5, 2016).
Curiosity had a nice ~78 m drive on Sol 1448, which set us up for a lot of great science over the long (4-sol) weekend.
While the buttes are beautiful, they pose a challenge to communications, because they are partially occluding communications between the rover and the satellites we use to relay data, so sometimes the data volume that we can relay is pretty low. But it’s a small price to pay for the great stratigraphic exposures and gorgeous view!
By Lauren Edgar
Lauren Edgar is a Research Geologist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center.
Other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:
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