12th September 2017 Sol 1814 – Curiosity’s View Across Gale Crater

Vera Rubin Ridge, MSL, Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity

View from Vera Rubin Ridge

 

The Curiosity Rover has reached an elevation of 300 metres above our landing site.  We have made it up the first part of Vera Rubin Ridge and are now starting to get some views down and over the Gale Crater plains.  The crater rim mountains can be seen in the distance. This is a navigation Camera image, which are often returned more quickly than the MastCam science images, as they are needed for planning drives.  After a lot of work by the engineering teams  we aim to start using the drill again soon to determine the mineralogy of this ridge and work out how it formed 4 billion years ago.

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This blog is a record of my experiences and work during the Mars Science Laboratory mission, from the preparation, landing on August 5th 2012 Pacific Time, and onwards... I will also post updates about our other Mars work on meteorites, ExoMars and new missions. You can also follow the planetary science activities with @LeicsPlanets Professor John Bridges, Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy (PS. Previous posts in this blog can be found at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/physics/research/src/res/planetary-science/mslblog)

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