A broad sheet of rock that sits atop a hill. Cresting the “Greenheugh Pediment”. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has just set a record for steepest terrain it’s climbed. Of course, the rover took a selfie. Capturing the scene just below Greenheugh.
“Hutton”, the name of a drill hole is in front of the rover for sampling a bedrock target. This 360-degree panorama was stitched together from 86 images relayed to Earth. This selfie captures the rover, about 11 feet (3.4 meters), below the point where it climbed.
Curiosity reached the top of the slope March 6 (the 2,696th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).
Curiosity has been rolling up Mount Sharp, since 2014. A 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain at the center of Gale Crater. Rover operators at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California cautiously map out each drive to make sure Curiosity is safe. The rover is never in danger of tilting so much that it would flip over. Curiosity’s rocker-bogie wheel system enables it to tilt up to 45 degrees safely, however the steep drives do cause the wheels to spin in place.