PIA19036: 'Confidence Hills' -- The First Mount Sharp Drilling Site
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
 Spacecraft:  Curiosity
 Instrument:  Mastcam
 Product Size:  1344 x 1200 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA19036.tif (4.84 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA19036.jpg (233.4 kB)

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This image shows the first holes drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at Mount Sharp. The loose material near the drill holes is drill tailings and an accumulation of dust that slid down the rock during drilling.

The site is on a patch of flat rock called "Confidence Hills" in the "Pahrump Hills" area of Mars' Gale Crater. This is Curiosity's first drill site since reaching the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.

An annotated version of the image, indicating scale in the scene, is provided above.

For other images related to this drill site, see PIA19037 and PIA19038.

The view combines several exposures taken by the Mastcam's left-eye camera during the 759th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Sept. 24, 2014). The component images have been calibrated, linearly scaled and brightened, which results in colors that resemble those that would be seen under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover's Mastcam.

More information about Curiosity is online at http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.

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