After a month on Mars and after driving about the length of a football field (109 meters), NASA’s Curiosity rover is stopping for a second phase of instrument check out. During the next week Curiosity will perform a series of activities to test and characterize the rover’s robotic arm and the tools on the arm.
Two days before this planned stop, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter looked down from orbit and captured an image of the rover and its tracks. The image’s color is enhanced to show the surface details better.
Following instrument check out, Curiosity will continue on its journey to a location named Glenelg where three seemingly different types of terrain meet. Once there, it will use its suite of instruments to analyze this diverse region. After completing its analysis at Glenelg, Curiosity will head toward the mission’s main science targets on the lower layers of Mt. Sharp.