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Curiosity Rover Gleams in View from Orbiter

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Curiosity Mars Rover Gleams in View from Orbiter

PASADENA, Calif. -- An image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released today shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and the wheel tracks from its landing site to the "Glenelg" area where the rover worked for the first half of 2013.

The image is available at http://uahirise.org/ESP_032436_1755 .

The orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured the scene on June 27, 2013, with the orbiter rolled for an eastward-looking angle rather than straight downward. The afternoon sun illuminated the scene from the western sky, so the lighting was nearly behind the camera. This geometry hides shadows and reveals subtle color variations.

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A Unique View of Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay

This image was acquired with a large spacecraft roll to the east when the subsolar latitude was -7.26 degrees, close to the latitude of MSL (-4.6 degrees), resulting in an image with the sun, the MRO spacecraft, and the MSL Curiosity rover on the surface all aligned in nearly a straight line (phase angle of just 5.47 degrees). (Audio by Tre Gibbs. Enhanced color images are 1 km across.)

http://uahirise.org/ESP_032436_1755

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Source: University of Arizona, HiRISE site - HiClips

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Nice tracks Curiosity!

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