PIA26013: Curiosity's Attempted Climb up a Slope
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
 Spacecraft:  Curiosity
 Instrument:  Mastcam
 Product Size:  5684 x 3174 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover attempted to climb a slope near the center of this image, but struggled due to the incline, slippery sand, and wheel-size rocks. The rover instead drove on from this area to where the incline leveled out, allowing it to crest the slope. Rover tracks can be seen in the lower right.

This mosaic is made up of 18 images that were stitched together after being sent back to Earth. The mosaic was captured on June 27, 2023, the 3,871st Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The color has been adjusted to match lighting conditions as the human eye would see them on Earth.

Figure A is the same image annotated to show the area where the rover made its climb attempt.

Curiosity was built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managed by Caltech in Pasadena, California. JPL leads the mission on behalf of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam.

For more about Curiosity, visit: http://mars.nasa.gov/msl or https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.

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