Curiosity Rover Takes Longest Drive Yet; New Photos of Mars
Earlier this week, the Mars Curiosity rover drove 100 feet, the farthest it has gone in a single day on its mission, NASA announced Thursday. In the month it has been on Mars, it has driven 358 feet.
NASA also released new high-resolution images of the rover, taken by its HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, in which track marks can be seen. NASA says the track marks can be observed over time to determine changes to Mars’s soil.
The rover is only about a fourth of the way to its first “science destination,” where it will begin using its drill to bore into the Martian surface. According to NASA, the rover “continues to work in good health.”