Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
Date: 1 Aug 2013
This scene combines seven images from the telephoto-lens camera on the right side of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The component images were taken between 11:39 and 11:43 a.m., local solar time, on 343rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (24 July 2013). That was shortly before Curiosity's Sol 343 drive of 33.7 m (111 feet). The rover had driven 62.4 m (205 feet) on Sol 342 to arrive at the location providing this vista. The center of the scene is toward the southwest.
A rise topped by two gray rocks near the center of the scene is informally named "Twin Cairns Island." It is about 30 m (100 feet) from Curiosity's position. The two gray rocks, combined, are about 3 m (10 feet) wide, as seen from this angle.
This mosaic has been white-balanced to show what the scene would look like under Earth lighting conditions, which is helpful in distinguishing and recognizing materials in the rocks and soil.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems