Curiosity Tests New Rocks

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    The Curiosity Rover has reached waypoint along the journey to Mount Sharp where it will stop to examine an area of exposed bedrock.

    Curiosity has reached a new waypoint on the Martian surface where it will now perform a close up study.  Panorama Point is a patch of exposed bedrock.  From images taken by the MastCam, scientists will pick a precise spot for Curiosity to use its instruments to further examine.  They have 5 points selected for study during the rover’s 5.3 mile trek from Glenelg to Mount Sharp—looking at both older and younger layers of rock.  Researchers hope to use this information to stitch together a timeline of how that area developed.