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Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin'
Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin' (click to enlarge)

Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin'
Date: 8 Sep 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity captured this view using its Navigation Camera (Navcam) after reaching the top of a rise called "Panorama Point" with a drive during the 388th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (8 Sept. 2013). The view is southwestward and spans approximately from south to west, left to right.

In the upper central portion of the image is a patch of ground paler than its surroundings. This pale-toned patch had been mapped from orbit and selected as the first of a few waypoints for the rover to study for a few days during pauses in the mission's multi-month trek from the "Glenelg" area to the lower layers of Mount Sharp. The outcrop that is exposed at this "Waypoint 1" site has been informally named "Darwin." It is about 75 m (245 feet) from the rover's Sol 388 position on Panorama Point.

Curiosity finished more than six months of investigations in the Glenelg area in early July 2013 and began the drive of about 8.6 km (5.3 miles) from Glenelg to the Mount Sharp entry point. Waypoint 1 is about one fifth of the way along the route plotted from examining orbiter images.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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