Image: Full-circle vista with a linear-shaped Martian sand dune

Image: Full-circle vista with a linear-shaped Martian sand dune
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The left side of this 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the long rows of ripples on a linear shaped dune in the Bagnold Dune Field on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. 

The view is a mosaic of images taken with Curiosity's Navigation Camera (Navcam) on Feb. 5, 2017, during the 1,601st Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The view is centered toward west-southwest, with east-southeast on either end.  A capped mound called "Ireson Hill" is on the right.

Image: Full-circle vista with a linear-shaped Martian sand dune
This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 1601 Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (February 06, 2017). Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol number of each drive. North is up. From Sol 1598 to Sol 1601, Curiosity had driven a straight line distance of about 65.25 feet (19.89 meters). Since touching down in Bradbury Landing in August 2012, Curiosity has driven 9.60 miles (15.45 kilometers). The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) in NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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