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Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 3563
Out of this World

NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 


Sol 3563: Adventures Over Sand

The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 145 images taken on Sol 3563 (August 14, 2022).


Curiosity is continuing the journey through Paraitepuy Pass. The image above shows why it is going to take some time to traverse through this area. Here the navigation cameras snapped a photo of Curiosity’s wheel tracks over a sand ripple. The rover was designed to overcome terrain like this, but the rover planners still want to develop the drive paths very carefully as we drive through these rocks and sand features.

We decided to take advantage of these sandy adventures, so today we focused our contact science on a beautiful ripple that ended up in our workspace. “El Silencio” is an APXS and MAHLI target near the crest of the ripple, while “Orinduik” is a MAHLI-only target on the flank of the ripple. Scientists hope that by comparing the sand grains on the top and side of the ripple they will be able to tell whether this ripple has recently been active.

We were also very excited to turn a corner and get new views of the buttes that we are heading towards. A new butte, called “Chenapau,” came into view today. The weekend plan includes Mastcam stereo images of Chenapau as well as the “Orinoco” and “Kukenan” buttes. ChemCam will also target Kukenan with two separate long distance RMI mosaics. To finish off the butte observations in this plan, there is a Mastcam mosaic being taken early in the morning to catch part of the “Bolivar” butte with good lighting. Other observations in the plan include a Mastcam 360, Mastcam stereo of three float rocks called “Parapouco 1,” “Parapouco 2,” and “Parapouco 3,” and ChemCam LIBS targets of rocks called “Los Botellas” and “Aricheng.”

Finally, this plan includes a ChemCam long distance RMI of the rapidly approaching marker bed. The marker bed was described in this previous update: Mission Updates: Sols 2897-2898: Marker Bed in Focus - NASA Mars. We have been observing this interesting feature in long distance images for years now, so it is great to finally be getting closer to it!


Written by Kristen Bennett
Planetary Geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center


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Copyright: Andrew Bodrov
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 30000x15000
Taken: 14/08/2022
Uploaded: 05/09/2022


Tags: curiosity; rover; mars; nasa; jpl-caltech; malin space science systems; mars panorama; out_of_this_world; @tags-mars-panorama; out_of_this_world
More About Out of this World

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".

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