NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 2658: Touch and Go
The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 139 images taken on Sol 2658 (January 28, 2020).
The Sol 2657 drive went well, so we have new bedrock exposures to explore on Sol 2658. The goal for today is to get good chemical and remote sensing data in this location before proceeding uphill toward the south. A "touch-and-go" sol is planned, starting with a short APXS integration on a bedrock slab named "Marchmont." MAHLI will take some images of Marchmont, then the arm will be moved out of the way for ChemCam observations of Marchmont and "Inverness Shire," a darker block sitting on the bedrock surface. After a 23-meter drive and the usual post-drive activities, ChemCam will use AEGIS to automatically select a bedrock target in the rover's new location. Finally, MARDI will take an image during twilight. The tactical planning team did a great job, which made for an easy day for me as SOWG Chair.
Written by Ken Herkenhoff
Other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:
The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".