Curiosity Rover Drives Through and Past “Dingo Gap” Inside Gale Crater

Curiosity Rover Crosses Martian Dune

The series of nine images making up this animation were taken by the rear Hazard-Avoidance Camera (rear Hazcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover as the rover drove over a dune spanning “Dingo Gap” on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This new series of images shows NASA’s Curiosity Rover driving through and past “Dingo Gap” inside Gale Crater.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge.

The rover covered 135 feet (41.1 meters) on February 9, in its first drive since the 23-foot (7-meter) crossing of the dune on February 6. That put Curiosity’s total odometry since its August 2012 landing at 3.09 miles (4.97 kilometers).

Curiosity Image of Dingo Gap

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on its mast to catch this look-back eastward at wheel tracks from driving through and past “Dingo Gap” inside Gale Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An animated sequence of images from the low-slung Hazard-Avoidance Camera on the rear of the vehicle documents the up-then-down crossing of the dune.

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, built the rover and manages the project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Source: Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; NASA

Images: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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