This patch of windblown sand and dust downhill from a cluster of dark rocks is the “Rocknest” site, which has been selected as the likely location for first use of the scoop on the arm of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA - Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover. This panorama is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October and November
This sweeping view by ESA’s Mars Express extends from the planet’s south polar ice cap and across its cratered highlands to the Hellas Basin (top left) and beyond. - Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA IGO
This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. [Read the full story here.
NASA& Curiosity rover has sent back its sharpest image of the mountain it will climb on Mars. The mountain, known as Mount Sharp or Aeolis Mons, towers right in front of the rover in the middle of Gale Crater,