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Curiosity Landing Area, Up-Close
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Curiosity Landing Area, Up-Close
Date: 2 Aug 2012

This image shows a close-up of the area where NASA's Curiosity rover will enter the atmosphere of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). A trajectory correction maneuver was performed Saturday, July 28. The original pre-maneuver target for entry and its ground track appear in green. The entry target for the maneuver is shown in white and the latest, actual entry estimate is the orange point. The yellow line shows the latest estimated path directly under the spacecraft on the ground. This entry state has been uploaded to the spacecraft.

The background image is a false-color image from the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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