A curious look back
February 4, 2018 10:08 AM   Subscribe

Ugh, calendars are hard.
posted by tivalasvegas at 6:04 PM on February 4

More seriously, though: I'm struck by how *un*-alien this landscape is. I could believe it to be, like, somewhere in the Atacama Desert.
posted by tivalasvegas at 6:05 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

It would be nice to have some idea of scale in the tour. The only size references were noting the 50 miles to a distant mountain, and that the nearer mountain ridge reached a mile higher than the rover. How big are the Buttes, and how far has Curiosity traveled?
posted by anadem at 10:03 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]

how far has Curiosity traveled?

It clocks something like a kilometre and a half per year, depending on the terrain, so my guess is it's at about 15 kilometres by now (it passed 10 kilometres in 2015 anyway).

I'm struck by how *un*-alien this landscape is.

This is why I always have to brace myself before clicking on any hi-res color images of Mars. It's got this uncanny valley on a planetary level going on that freaks me right out.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 12:33 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

There's a map at the bottom of this page with a scale and some features marked out. The rover has climbed up on to the edge of the central crater mountain and is looking North at the rim, over about 20km of flat ground.

Here's a view from Great Gable in Cumbria. The coastline there is about 20km away, so imagine the foothills of the rim mountains jutting up from there, and I think the far side of the lake is roughly representative in distance and height for where Curiosity landed.
posted by lucidium at 6:21 AM on February 5 [1 favorite]

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