August 6, 2013 – Mars Curiosity Rover Turns One Today: Curiosity Sol 343 (Day) Vista with ‘Twin Cairns’ on Route to Mount Sharp. The scene above combines seven images from the telephoto-lens camera on the right side of the Mast Camera 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 (July 24, 2013). That was shortly before Curiosity’s Sol 343 drive of 111 feet (33.7 meters). The rover had driven 205 feet (62.4 meters) 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 100 feet (30 meters) from Curiosity’s position. The two gray rocks, combined, are about 10 feet (3 meters) 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. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems).
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