Curiosity's View of 'Cooperstown' Outcrop on Route to Mount Sharp
The low ridge that appears as a dark band below the horizon in the center of this scene is a Martian outcrop called 'Cooperstown,' a possible site for contact inspection with tools on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.
Position of Curiosity for Drilling at 'Cumberland'
This image produced from software used for planning drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity depicts the location and size of the rover when it was driven into position for drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.'
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the ChemCam instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars
This view of Curiosity's left-front and left-center wheels and of marks made by wheels on the ground in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area comes from one of six cameras used on Mars for the first time more than six months after the rover landed.
'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called 'Snake River.' Curiosity gets a closer look at Snake River for before proceeding to other nearby rocks.
In a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay,' the NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove to an edge of the feature to record this view of the ledge at the margin and a view across the 'bay' during the 130th Martian day, or sol, (Dec. 17, 2012).
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its left Navigation Camera to record this view of the step down into a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay.' The descent into the basin crossed a step about 2 feet high, visible in the upper half of this image.
This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover placed the APXS instrument onto the rock to assess what chemical elements were present in the rock.
The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day ended with this rock front of the rover. The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock.