Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain.
The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as a blue dab against a background of tan rocks and dark sand in the enhanced-colour image from the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The exaggerated colour, showing differences in Mars surface materials, makes Curiosity appear bluer than it really looks.
The image was taken on 5 June, two months before the fifth anniversary of Curiosity’s landing near Mount Sharp on 5 August PDT (6 August EDT).
When the image was taken, Curiosity was partway between its investigation of active sand dunes lower on Mount Sharp, and ‘Vera Rubin Ridge’, a destination uphill where the rover team intends to examine outcrops where hematite has been identified from Mars orbit.
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