Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Curiosity's bootprint on "Rocknest," sols 56-57
Filed under mission status, animation, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)
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
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