NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 663: The Road Not Taken
The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 136 images taken on Sol 663 (June 17, 2014).
On Sol 665 Curiosity is planning to drive through Robert Frost Pass into Moosilauke Basin. There is an hour of time for targeted science on Sol 665, which includes several ChemCam and Mastcam observations to characterize the local geology. The plan also includes some systematic DAN and REMS measurements and data management activities. Driving has been the top priority lately, and we are approaching the southern edge of the landing ellipse. Thanks to some motivation from Robert Frost, we have been taking the roads less traveled by (or perhaps less covered in large angular blocks!), and that has made all the difference. Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.
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".