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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Curiosity's bootprint on "Rocknest," sols 56-57

Filed under mission status, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars, animation

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Curiosity's bootprint on On sol 55, Curiosity rolled up to a sand drift called "Rocknest." On sol 56, the rover rolled its right front wheel onto the drift's peak, locked the other five wheels, then "scuffed" the drift by rotating the right from wheel 30 degrees. Then it backed up and surveyed the result.

NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla

The image blinks back and forth between photos taken before the scuff, on sol 56, and after, on sol 57. The two images were taken under different lighting conditions and from different positions, so the alignment is not great.

Original images: sol 56 - sol 57

Original image data dated on or about October 3, 2012.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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bware: 10/05/2012 11:52 CDT

Emily - Thanks! great shots! I favor/question ... Is it possible to still these two images so we can take better looks at them? Thanks.

Emily: 10/08/2012 11:59 CDT

bware, that's why I included links to the two original images in the text below the image.

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