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Mars Orbiter Spies Curiosity Rover at Work
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover can be seen at the Pahrump Hills area of Gale Crater in this view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover can be seen at the Pahrump Hills area of Gale Crater in this view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently caught a view of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover studying an outcrop at the base of a Martian mountain.

A Dec. 13, 2014, image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera orbiting Mars shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on the rover's walkabout examination of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop. The outrcrop forms part of the basal layer of Mount Sharp inside Mars' Gale Crater.

The image is available online at: http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/?ImageID=6947

Since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, Curiosity has been examining evidence about ancient wet environments.

HiRISE is one of six instruments with which NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been studying Mars since 2006.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project and Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and built the latter project's Curiosity rover. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the orbiter and collaborates with JPL to operate it.

Links for additional info:

About HiRISE: http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu

About NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: http://mars.nasa.gov/mro/

About Curiosity and NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project: http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/

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