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Nasa Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain


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NASA Curiosity Mars rover at "Okoruso" drilling site

This May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp's "Naukluft Plateau." The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after six months studying other features.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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