Curiosity Rover's Location: This interactive map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity rover since landing in Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012.
View full experience | Using the map tools
Zooming In and Out

Zoom out to enjoy an overview of the journey so far, or zoom in to dig deeper at each stop along the way. The scale bar (in meters), in the lower left corner of the map will change as you zoom in and out. As will the latitude and longitude to note your location on the lower right corner. The plus and minus symbols on the top right corner will also allow you to zoom in and out.

Top Panel: Sols and Distance

Along the top edge of the map, you can see the driving Sols on Mars. Sometimes there are several days (Sols') worth of interesting science to do in one spot before moving on.

The total distance is recorded in kilometers and in miles and is updated every time the rover drives.

Left Panel: Layers Layers Icon

Use the layers tool on the left side-bar to select or deselect the color base map, location labels, path or waypoints. Use the sliders to the left to adjust the color and contrast of the base map.

Left Panel: Pin Pin Icon

Select sites to explore by clicking the pin icon. View a list of the major, named areas in Gale crater that Curiosity has visited. Click on the name to go directly to that location.

Left Panel Bottom: Screen Shot Screen shot Icon

The camera icon allows you to take a screenshot of a location and automatically download it from the site

Go to Surface Experience: Select Locations

The boxes around several key locations on the map highlight several key spots. Click a box and see the location name appear in the top panel. From there, you can click this icon Surface Icon to go to "Explore with Curiosity" which lets you see a detailed view as if you were at those spots.

Where is Curiosity?

Scroll and pan around this map to see Curiosity’s latest location and traverse path through Gale Crater since landing on Mars in August, 2012. While the path might seem to wander, Curiosity’s team never loses sight of their goal: to explore places that can answer questions about whether Gale Crater was habitable in the distant past.

This map is composed of two layers: a grayscale Gale Crater map, and a true-color base map. Both were created with image data from the Context and the HiRISE cameras on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A high resolution, Digital Elevation Model was created from the images to provide critical information for rover drivers, who need to know how steep the hills are as they plan a path forward through this rocky terrain.

Engineers created this experience with software used by the mission team who decide where Curiosity will explore, and how to get there. Each dot represents the end point of a drive and is labeled with the day, or Sol, on Mars, that the rover stopped.

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Days on Mars