Twilight in Gale crater

Curiosity's view of Gale crater at twilight. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damien Bouic
Curiosity’s current view in Gale crater at twilight. Click for larger version.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damien Bouic

Here is a beautiful panoramic view of Curiosity’s current location in Gale crater, showing the scene at Martian twilight. The panorama is composed of images taken between sol 170 and sol 176, thanks again to Damien Bouic. Click to see the full-size version of the image. How long will it be before astronauts can see a view like this?

The first drill holes on Mars

The first two holes ever drilled on Mars, on sol 180 and sol 182. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
The first two holes ever drilled on Mars, on sol 180 and sol 182. Click for larger version.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Here is another great view of the first two holes ever drilled on Mars, by the Curiosity rover. The first one, top, was made on sol 180 (February 6, 2013) and the second one, below, was made on sol 182 (February 8, 2013). The second one is deeper, and some of the powdered bedrock sample obtained will be delivered to the CheMin and SAM laboratory instruments for analysis. The grey material is powdered bedrock (not covered by reddish Martian dust) which has spilled out during the drilling.

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