Curiosity goes up. In the Gayle Crater, which is called home, the Mars rover paves the way to an eroded pediment called Central Booth.
He studies the time-worn layers of rock around the base of Mount Sharp, rising from the center of the crater. But it's not just a close-up of the rock that is present in the postcards Curiosity sends back to Earth.
Meanwhile, staring at the ground, the rover also fixates its robotic eyes on the Martian horizon. The image above was taken using the right navigation camera B on November 1 or Sol 2573. It shows the view back to the edge of the crater.
In the foreground, the thigh slightly slopes to the mountain. In the distance, the edge of the Gail Crater ̵
The image seems to drive home the complete isolation of Curiosity's mission – after sadly turning off Opportunity, Curiosity is now the only rover running on Mars (InSight is a fixed lander).
But the tool has no time to idle and contemplate its lonely fate.
The Central Butte is deeply geologically interesting, with layers of sedimentary rock that hold up clues to the waters of the region in the distant past.
Curiosity tools also examine the variation of rocks in the region – there are some different colors in the scale, suggesting several strata Curiosity data will help characterize these units and how they can be linked together.
The rover will also take pictures of a region at the top of the ass – too hard to reach
"After all these observations, Curiosity will begin to move around the ass to look at it from the other side," writes planetary geologist Kristen Bennett of the United States Geological Survey on the website of NASA exploring Mars.
"We expect to continue to have incredible views of Central Booth at our next stop!"