Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Curiosity's Longest Drive Yet!

The "Darwin" Outcrop
Curiosity did its longest drive yet late last week: Press release.  It was beautiful!

I spent the last two weeks at the on-duty Long Term Planner, plus helping the team develop our science priorities for analyses at Waypoint 1, our first significant stop on the way to Mt. Sharp.  

It has been intensely rewarding to see the amazing images come down.  We chose this area as one of our 5 places to do more intense science because we expected reasonably good outcrop of the rocks that make up Bradbury Rise based on images from the orbiting instrument HiRISE.  And we chose well!  

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=#/?slide=388 (more full frame images will come down over the next few days)

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