Video: Where the Mars Curiosity Rover is headed next
By Alexis Madrigal
August 10, 2012
So far, most of the excitement about the Curiosity rover has sprung from its precise landing and its first surroundings, the floor of the Gale Crater. But the rover is meant to rove, and rove it will.
Today, in a press briefing, Dawn Sumner, a UC Davis geologist on the Curiosity science team, gave the first firm indication of where they might be driving next. They're headed to the base of Mt. Sharp, the large geological feature rising in the middle of Gale Crater. The video below zooms in on the spot in the most recent Panorama that Curiosity has phoned home.