Full Curiosity Traverse Passes One-Mile Mark
Date: 2 Aug 2013
The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars.
This map traces where Curiosity drove between landing at "Bradbury Landing" on 5 Aug. 2012, PDT, (6 Aug. 2012 (Universal Time and EDT) and the position reached during the mission's 351st Martian day, or sol, (1 Aug. 2013). The Sol 351 leg added 85.1 m (279 feet) and brought the odometry since landing to about 1,686 m (1.05 miles).
The mapped area is within Gale Crater and north of the mountain called Mount Sharp in the middle of the crater. After the first use of the drill, the rover's main science destination will be on the lower reaches of Mount Sharp. For broader-context images of the area, see http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16064 and http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16058.
The base image from the map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona