A new panoramic picture of Mars surface taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity was published on the rover’s Twitter account.
"Movin’ on up. I sidestepped slippery slopes and climbed 21° incline," the tweet says.
Curiosity took the image on May 10, 2015, during the 981st sol (Martian day) of its mission on Mars. However, it was published on Internet only on May 22.
The panorama spans from east, at left, to south-southwest.
The rover could not drive to the area of geological contact. The rover team decided to move it upon the hill where the image was captured.
The observation helped the team evaluate routes to driving to the area.
In finding optimal routes, Curiosity is assisted by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe.