Curiosity rover is spotted by the HiRISE Mars orbiter

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  • Published: Jan 10, 2014
  • Author: Steve Down
  • Channels: Chemometrics & Informatics / Proteomics / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / Infrared Spectroscopy / X-ray Spectrometry / Base Peak / Raman / MRI Spectroscopy / NMR Knowledge Base / Atomic

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NASA has released images of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars that were taken from the HiRISE Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in December 2013. You might struggle to make out Curiosity in the image alongside this blog entry, but click on here for an enlarged version. Alternatively, click on here for an image in enhanced colour. You can make out the tracks behind the rover as it changed direction to avoid rocks and other obstacles on its way towards Mount Sharp, its ultimate destination.

HiRISE was launched in 2005 and has been sending back data since 2006 with the primary aim of unearthing the history of water on Mars. It is being supported towards this goal by Curiosity which is working on the surface of the planet and has found strong evidence of the past occurrence of water by analysing rock samples which it drilled out itself.

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