This image was taken by Curiosity's Navcam: Left B on May 20, Sol 990. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image was taken by Curiosity’s Navcam: Left B on May 20, Sol 990.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is wheeling about trying to deal with challenging terrain.

The rover team has decided to drive uphill to avoid crossing sandy ripples near Jocko Butte, explains Lauren Edgar, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Curiosity's Navcam: Left B snagged this scene on May 20, Sol 990. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity’s Navcam: Left B snagged this scene on May 20, Sol 990.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

As a member of the Mars Science Laboratory’s science team, Edgar explains on Sol 990, Curiosity drove over 170 feet (53 meters) back towards Mt. Shields.

“Hopefully the climb will give Curiosity a good workout,” Edgar adds, “and we’ll get to see some exciting features when we get there!”

After the drive the Mars machinery is set to acquire some standard imaging to help with future targeting.

 

 

This image was taken by Mastcam: Left onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on May 20, Sol 990. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image was taken by Mastcam: Left onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on May 20, Sol 990.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

 

Curiosity has been wheeling and dealing with Mars since its landing in August 2012.

Curiosity Mars rover snapped this image from its Front Hazcam: Right B on May 19, Sol 989. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Mars rover snapped this image from its Front Hazcam: Right B on May 19, Sol 989.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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