PIA15984: Explore Mars With Curiosity
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Product Size: 1910 x 1078 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This animation shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.

Like any wise hiker heading out on a trip, Curiosity will do a self-check to make sure her tools are working before she makes her way to the foot of Mount Sharp.

This animation is derived from a virtual rover experience where the public can be an explorer and follow in Curiosity's journey day by day. Using the Unity game engine plug-in, the public can see what Curiosity is up to and follow in her footsteps as she explores.

The "Explore Mars: Curiosity's Journey" is available at: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/explore/curiosity.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2012-08-06