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  • Salvador Mujal i Valls

    Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 29. This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012). The route starts where the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft placed the rover, a site subsequently named Bradbury Landing. The line extending toward the right (eastward) from Bradbury Landing is the rover's path. Numbering of the dots along the line indicate the sol numbers of each drive. North is up.

  • Salvador Mujal i Valls

    Curiosity Rover's Traverse, August through November 2012. This map shows where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven since landing at a site subsequently named "Bradbury Landing," and traveling to an overlook position near beside "Point Lake," in drives totaling 1,703 feet (519 meters). The rover landed on Aug. 5 Pacific Time (Aug. 6, Universal Time).

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    Photo of the Martian surface that includes a map of the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity from it's landing site on the first day of its trip to the "Glenelg" area through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012). The image used for the map is from an observation of the landing site by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

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