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Today, we share a fisheye image below, from US space agency NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. The view is down a ramp at ‘Hidden Valley’ on the red planet.
Curiosity’s front Hazard Avoidance Camera (Hazcam), which has a very wide-angle lens, recorded this view on 14 August, NASA said.
In the foreground, among the pale rocks, is the ‘Bonanza King’, which may become the fourth rock drilled by the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
No previous mission has collected sample material from the interior of rocks on Mars, NASA said. Once the drilled rock powder is collected, Curiosity delivers the sample to analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover.
Also visible in the image are wheel tracks at the top right, which show where Curiosity drove into the valley, and back out again, earlier this month.
The largest of the individual flat rocks in the foreground are a few inches (several centimetres) across. For scale, the Curiosity’s left front wheel, visible on the left, is 20 inches (0.5 metres) in diameter.