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Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet

Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet (41 meters) during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (July 9, 2013). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet (41 meters) during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (July 9, 2013). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On July 9, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover advanced 135 feet on its third drive towards Mount Sharp. Curiosity completed its investigation of science targets in the Glenelg area after detecting evidence of a previous wet environment that had favorable conditions for microbial life. It is now headed to the lower layers of Mount Sharp, which is about 5 miles southwest of Glenelg. Scientists are hopeful to find evidence at Mount Sharp that tells them how the Martian environment has evolved to its present state. 

Read the full story on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory website

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