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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Panoramic view of "Darwin," Curiosity sol 388

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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Panoramic view of Curiosity paused on a rise called "Panorama Point" on sol 388 (September 8, 2013) to look down into an area planned as her first scientific stop on the way from Glenelg to the base of Mount Sharp, named Darwin. The rover would spend about a week examining two outcrops of conglomerate rock before moving southwestward again.

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Ed Truthan

This is just the crop of the full panorama, links to which are available at

A screen cap from Midnight Mars Browser shows the rover's subsequent stops within this panorama.

Midnight Mars Browser screen cap, Curiosity sol 388

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Midnight Mars Browser

Midnight Mars Browser screen cap, Curiosity sol 388
The view from Panorama Point on sol 388 encompasses the area that Curiosity explored during the subsequent week. Curiosity approached from the north (right), driving near "Bardin Bluffs" on sol 390, then bumping forward on sol 392. After three sols of contact science, Curiosity moved southward a few meters on sol 396. The rover departed to the west on sol 402.

Original image data dated on or about September 8, 2013.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Ed Truthan


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