Curiosity Trekking
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Curiosity Trekking
ESP_034572_1755  Science Theme: Aeolian Processes
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Curiosity has been on the move. In this most recent HiRISE image of the MSL rover, the tracks are visible from Yellowknife Bay to its location on 11 December 2013, several kilometers to the southwest. Tracks from its landing site to Yellowknife Bay made more than a year ago are faded but still discernible.

The enhanced color image shows where the tracks cross the narrow (1-kilometer wide) color swath of HiRISE. A black-and-white image subimage shows the rover itself. Rather than follow a straight path to its next destination, the rover has zig-zagged to avoid steep slopes.

Curiosity is progressing from the bright dust-covered area to a region with a darker surface, where saltating sand keeps the surface relatively free of dust. The scenery seen by the rover will be getting more interesting as it progresses toward Mount Sharp.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio by Tre Gibbs)   (9 January 2014)

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Acquisition date
11 December 2013

Local Mars time:
15:02

Latitude (centered)
-4.691°

Longitude (East)
137.433°

Range to target site
273.7 km (171.1 miles)

Original image scale range
27.4 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~82 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection
Equirectangular

Emission angle:
9.9°

Phase angle:
59.9°

Solar incidence angle
52°, with the Sun about 38° above the horizon

Solar longitude
61.2°, Northern Spring

North azimuth:
97°

Sub-solar azimuth:
39.1°
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JP2 EXTRAS
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RGB color
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Color label
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EDR products
HiView

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IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
About color products (PDF)

Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
For scale, use JPEG/JP2 black & white map-projected images



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All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible:
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Postscript
For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona. The image data were processed using the U.S. Geological Survey’s ISIS3 software.