Planets and Moons  ID: 11148

Road Trip

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.

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Producer:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Lead Writer:
Elizabeth Zubritsky (ADNET)

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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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