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Snapshots from Space

by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Curiosity update, sols 549-562: Shooting past Kylie on the road to Kimberley

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2014 • 7

In a series of drives, Curiosity flew past the "striated terrain" that outcropped at Kylie, and is now negotiating her way around some rockier territory as she makes her way south toward the enticing outcrops of Kimberley.

A new map of Mars from some pretty old data

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2014 • 3

The United States Geological Survey recently issued an improved version of the Viking color map of Mars. This 40-year-old data set still provides the prettiest global-scale map of the planet.

Curiosity update, sols 540-8: New rules and longer drives

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2014 • 3

Curiosity has tested a new driving mode -- backwards -- and achieved their longest single-day drive in three months. And they've committed to driving to the spot formerly known as "KMS-9," marking that commitment by giving it a name, "Kimberley." My route maps show you why Curiosity's views will be shifting, and Ken Herkenhoff's blog posts explain the daily activities.

Curiosity Update, sols 534-540: Over Dingo Gap, onto softer sand

Emily Lakdawalla • February 13, 2014 • 5

After more than two months of very slow driving due to concern about the wheels and time spent choosing whether to enter "Dingo Gap" or not, Curiosity has safely crossed the dune and resumed longer drives, achieving 75 meters and crossing the 5-kilometer mark on sol 540.

Looking Backward: Curiosity gazes upon the setting Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2014 • 10

A few days ago, Curiosity looked westward after sunset and photographed Earth setting toward the mountainous rim of Gale crater.

Beautiful view into the valley beyond Dingo Gap, Curiosity sol 528

Emily Lakdawalla • January 31, 2014 • 6

A beautiful Mastcam panorama from sol 528 shows a landscape so much more like Earth than anything we've explored on the Martian surface before.

Curiosity update: imaging the nonfunctioning REMS boom, closer to Dingo Gap

Emily Lakdawalla • January 29, 2014 • 2

At long last, on sol 526, Curiosity imaged the part of the weather instrument that was damaged during landing, but no obvious damage is visible, to me anyway. On sol 527 they drove even closer to Dingo Gap, with plans to drive onto the dune in the sol 528 drive.

Curiosity images "Dingo Gap," sols 519-521

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2014 • 1

Over the last few days, Curiosity made steady driving progress to the southwest. For several of those days, an intriguing feature has appeared on the horizon in her images. UPDATE: The Curiosity team has now decided to drive the rover toward the feature, which is now named "Dingo Gap."

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