Planned path for Curiosity's extended mission, sol 744
Curiosity's planned future route up the slopes of Mount Sharp on Mars is indicated in yellow in this false-color image. The rover's position as of sol 744 (September 9, 2014) is marked with a star. After work at "Pahrump Hills," Curiosity will drive across the "Murray Formation" of rocks via the yellow route, which shortens the distance by almost a kilometer relative to the previously planned route, shown in white. The route will eventually pass by the Murray Formation's namesake -- "Murray Buttes" -- previously considered to be the entry point to Mt. Sharp. The image is a mosaic of HiRISE color strips. It reveals that the Murray Formation is light-toned relative to rocks of Gale Crater's plains (Aeolis Palus). This formation continues across the base of Mt. Sharp between Murray Buttes and the Pahrump Hills.