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View down to Darwin from Panorama Point, Curiosity sol 387

View down to Darwin from Panorama Point, Curiosity sol 387

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View down to Darwin from Panorama Point, Curiosity sol 387
An outcrop visible as light-toned streaks in the lower center of this image was chosen as a place for Curiosity to study for a few days in September 2013. The pause for observations at this area, called "Waypoint 1," was the first during the rover's trek of many months from the "Glenelg" area where it worked for the first half of 2013 to an entry point to the lower layers of Mount Sharp. This pale outcrop is informally named "Darwin."

The view is a mosaic of images taken by Mastcam-100 on Curiosity on sol 387 (Sept. 7, 2013).  The rover's position was on a rise called "Panorama Point," and the view looks southwestward.  The Sol 387 position was at the endpoint of the mission's longest-yet drive, 141.5 meters on Sol 385, and before a Sol 388 drive to the top of the rise.

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

Original image data dated on or about September 7, 2013

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