Thanks to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the HiRISE camera, we have an orbital view of Dingo Gap, an opening between two low scarps which is spanned by a single dune. This gap and dune are visible both from the ground and from orbit. The Curiosity Mars rover has now crossed the gap and is continuing its travels toward enticing science destinations, including interesting veins and mineral fractures.
In the orbital image from HiRISE, the rover itself is not in this image as it was acquired before MSL landed. However, the imagery was likely used to help the rover team decide on the way to travel.
Below are more images of Dingo gap before and after the rover plowed its way through the sand.
Curiosity’s view to valley beyond after crossing over ‘Dingo Gap’ sand dune. This photomosaic was taken after Curiosity drove over the 1 meter tall Dingo Gap sand dune and shows dramatic scenery in the valley beyond, back dropped by eroded rim of Gale Crater. Assembled from navigation camera (navcam) raw images from Sol 535 (Feb. 6, 2104) Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ken Kremer- kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo
2 Replies to “Mars’ Dingo Gap Seen From Orbit and the Ground”
Go, Curi! lol! Makes me consider all of the SUV owners here in North America who are currently wrestling in similar fashion with snow drifts. hehehe…
I’m happy to see that they use the extraordinary capabilities of the rover to take a modest risk, instead of doing everything in the safest possible way. Time passing is the only unavoidable risk which will destroy MSL one unhappy day. Carpe diem! Or rather: Carpe Sol!
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