Planets and Moons  ID: 11442

Navigating Mars

Getting around Mars isn’t easy. But since Curiosity landed on the planet on August 5, 2012, the six-wheeled rover has driven more than two miles over some rocky terrain. Its tracks are now pointing southwest toward the entrance to a mountain called Mount Sharp. The mountain rises 18,000 feet above the northern floor of an ancient crater that formed some 3 billion years ago. Sediment deposits trapped within the mountain’s rock layers may hold clues to what Mars’s environment was like in the past and how it changed over time. Watch the video for a guided tour of Curiosity’s path to Mount Sharp.

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Lead Writer:
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Cover image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Andrew Bodrov
Video courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/MSSS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

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