On the Way to Balanced Rock. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

Jul 28, 2016, 04:23 AM

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On the Way to Balanced Rock. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

“…To get a sense of scale, note that the approximate distances of Curiosity’s last two drives, indicated by the yellow dots, is approximately 80 feet. It appears to me that they are searching for the best route through and between the mesas that can be seen in the distance to the southwest. The peak of Mount Sharp is to the south, so heading in that direction makes some sense. From what I can tell looking at the orbital image, the best route in that direction seems to take them through the gap that contains the balanced rock. though they may decide that all of this terrain is too rough, forcing them to send Curiosity around to the north and west. Heading to the east of the mesas appears to be a less appealing choice because it puts them too close to some sand dunes that they have been skirting. If they do go through one of those gaps, however, the journey should get very very interesting, with some very cool images along the way.”

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