December 08, 2014

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop, which is part of the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The traverse line covers drives completed through the 817th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Nov. 23, 2014).

The base image for this map is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. North is up. The dark ground south of the rover's route has dunes of dark, wind-blown material at the foot of Mount Sharp. The scale bar at lower right represents two kilometers (1.2 miles). For broader-context images of the area, see, and

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. For more information about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the mission's Curiosity rover, visit and


NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona


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