The road ahead for Curiosity. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The rover Curiosity just passed the one kilometer driving mark, that’s 0.62 miles for us metrically challanged Americans.
This image was obtained with the left front Hazard-Avoidance Camera or Hazcam just after the odometer clicked over. The date this all transpired was July 16, 2013.
The direction you are looking at is southwest, generally in the direction of an area if interest and destination of Mount Sharp about 8 km distant (~5 miles). Hope they can get pictures of some of those rocks, I’m “curious” about what they are, it appears there appears to be a couple different varieties there. I wish I knew more about geologly.
I will give more of an update this weekend. I wanted to put this up because I just switched my desktop background. If you would like one go on over to the webpage with the image to download a version for yourself.
Here’s looking at you!
Now there is a couple of other things going on we have TWO space probes about to take pictures of good old Earth.
One is the Cassini, if you lean to the geeky side like I do, you will want to run outside and wave between 5:27 and 5:42 pm EDT / 21:27 and 21:42 UTC. Be sure to be looking at the camera and smile. Just go out face due south if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I think the opposite in you are in the Southen Hemisphere. Ok once you face South, you could take a slight turn to the East and SMILE!! LOL. Hey I’m going to do it.
The Messenger spacecraft around Mercury is also going to be taking a picture of us on July 19 and 20. The times of these images will be: 7:49 a.m., 8:38 a.m. and 9:41 a.m. EDT, or 11:49, 12:38, and 13:41 UTC. We should be able to see Europe, Middle East and Central Asia as these will be illuminated in the images.
Interesting thing about the MESSENGER imaging is researchers are actually looking for possible un-resolved satellites around the planet. Wouldn’t that be something to find and it’s NOT out of the question!!