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Nailing Down Curiosity's Landing Site

This image shows the location (green) where scientists estimate NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars within Gale Crater, based on images from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI). The landing estimates derived from navigation and landing data agree to within 660 feet (200 meters) of this MARDI estimate.

The red line shows the northern edge of the targeted landing region, a probability distribution defined by an ellipse.

The gray scale image is a mosaic from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The color image is from MARDI.

Image details

ID#:
PIA15996

Date added:
2012-08-07

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Spacecraft:
Curiosity

Instruments:
High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), Mars Descent Imager

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PIA15996.jpg (6.01 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS