Image: Curiosity trek through 'Pahrump Hills' spotted by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Image: Curiosity trek through 'Pahrump Hills' spotted by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover can be seen at the "Pahrump Hills" area of Gale Crater in this view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Pahrump Hills is an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp. The region contains sedimentary rocks that scientists believe formed in the presence of water.

The location of the rover, with its shadow extending toward the upper right, is indicated with an inscribed rectangle. Figure A is an unannotated version of the image. North is toward the top. The view covers an area about 360 yards (330 meters) across.

HiRISE made the observation on Dec. 13, 2014. At that time, Curiosity was near a feature called "Whale Rock." A map showing the rover's path for the weeks leading up to that date is at mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimed … images/?ImageID=6884 . The inset map at mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimed … images/?ImageID=6913 labels the location of Whale Rock and other features in the Pahrump Hills area.

The bright features in the landscape are and the dark areas are sand. The HiRISE team plans to periodically image Curiosity, as well as NASA's other active Mars rover, Opportunity, as the vehicles continue to explore Mars.

Image: Curiosity trek through 'Pahrump Hills' spotted by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 864 Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (January, 11, 2015). Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. The scale bar is 1 kilometer (~0.62 mile). From Sol 862 to Sol 864, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 13.88 feet (4.23 meters). The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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Feb 05, 2015
With the hi-res ability of the orbiters, it's amazing they haven't spotted all the alien artifacts on Mars that the whack jobs spot. Ohhh thats right, you need to zoom in to the max on a a few pixels made from compression artifacts to see the aliens!!!!!!! Damned aliens hiding themselves as rocks or dodgy pixels.

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