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09.19.2012

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Looks at Ground Ahead, Moons Above

Phobos in Transit
Phobos in Transit
Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos.

A series of daily drives has taken NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity to a vantage point about halfway to a science destination area called Glenelg. The rover has been using its Mast Camera to examine the area ahead and also to catch special occasions when the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos pass in front of the sun from the rover's point of view.
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  • This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012).
    Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43
  • This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the view looking toward the "Glenelg" area, where three different terrain types come together.
    On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a close-up view looking toward the "Glenelg" area, where three different terrain types come together.
    Dark Bands Run Through Light Layers (Unannnotated)
  • Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos.
    Phobos in Transit
  • Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos.
    Phobos in Transit (M-34)
  • As part of a multi-mission campaign, NASA's Curiosity rover is observing Martian moon transits, the first of which involved the moon Phobos grazing the sun's disk.
    Comparing Phobos Views

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