Friday, April 18, 2014

Amazing Picture of the Curiosity Rover on Mars

How's this for a photo - a picture of the Curiosity rover on Mars, taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover is the little blue square in the lower left of the picture, just to the right of the rock prominence. Its track comes in from the upper left....

Curiosity and Rover Tracks

By the way, the satellite orbits at a height of over 24,000 km (15,000 miles).

CNet has a little more.

1 comment:

crf said...

250 Km above the surface:

From wikipedia:
In September 2006 MRO fired its thrusters twice more to fine-tune its final, nearly circular orbit to approximately 250 to 316 kilometres (155 to 196 mi) above the Martian surface. ""