The Curiosity rover checks out the sights on its first Mars adventure.
The Curiosity rover's main destination is Mount Sharp and its intriguing rock layers. But before heading there, the rover took a road trip east to check out Glenelg, an area where three types of Martian terrain come together. Along the way, Curiosity made several stops, especially at Rocknest, where it took its first sniffs of the Martian atmosphere and its first scoops of soil. After analyzing those samples, the rover was back on the move toward Point Lake, a spot near Glenelg where Curiosity will look for a place to try out its drill. Some highlights of the rover's trip are captured in the videos and these pictures, starting with Curiosity's view of the landing site as it neared touchdown.
Please give credit for this item to: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Cover image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems Landing video courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems SAM intake imagery courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech Curiosity path image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona Rocknest dune image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems Scoop close-up image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems X-ray analysis image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames Rock outcrop image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
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