Monday, April 11, 2022

New Mars Images: NASA's Curiosity & Perseverance Rovers | JPL

New Mars Images: NASA's Curiosity & Perseverance Rovers | JPL

MSL - Sol 3422 - MAHLI
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Curiosity mastcam L Sol 3423 demosaicing
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS - Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin /

MSL - Sol 2993 - MAHLI
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Mars2020 - Sol 403 - Mastcam-Z
NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/Kevin M. Gill

MSL - Sol 3437 - MastCam
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

MSL - Sol 2453 - MAHLI
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

MSL - Sol 2582 - MAHLI
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Perseverance Sol 395 anaglyph (3D)
[Wear your red-blue 3D glasses]
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin /

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spent most of March 2022 climbing the “Greenheugh Pediment”—a gentle slope capped by rubbly sandstone. On March 18, the mission team moved to avoid patches of knife-edged rocks called ventifacts, which are made of sandstone—the hardest type of rock Curiosity has encountered on Mars.

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is trying to cover more distance in a single month than any rover before it using artificial intelligence. On the path ahead are sandpits, craters, and fields of sharp rocks that the rover will have to navigate around on its own. At the end of the 3-mile (5-kilometer) journey, which began March 14, 2022, Perseverance will reach an ancient river delta within Jezero Crater, where a lake existed billions of years ago. This delta is one of the best locations on Mars for the rover to look for signs of past microscopic life. 

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations of the Perseverance and Curiosity rovers.

Mission Name: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Rover Name: Curiosity

Main Job: To determine if Mars was ever habitable to microbial life. 

Launch: November 6, 2011

Landing: August 5, 2012, Gale Crater, Mars

For more about Curiosity:

Mission Name: Mars 2020

Rover Name: Perseverance

Main Job: Seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to Earth.

Launch: July 30, 2020    

Landing: Feb. 18, 2021, Jezero Crater, Mars

Mars Helicopter (Ingenuity) is now in an operations demo phase.

For more about Perseverance:

For more information on NASA's Mars missions, visit:

Image Release Dates: 

March 23, 2022 - April 9, 2022

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