ANALYSIS: This Scoop of Mars Soil is Two Percent Water
But like all good robotic pairings, the partnership wont be embedded in our psyche until one robot photographs the other. But in the case of MAVEN, it doesn't have the photography capabilities of its sister orbiters, so don't expect any orbital beauty shots of Curiosity from MAVEN looking down. It will actually be Curiosity that will have the photo op, looking up.
As the video below shows, there will be points in MAVEN's mission where its orbit will fly straight over Gale Crater. Should the lighting be just right, at Mars dusk, Curiosity should be able to image the orbiter as it passes overhead.
So as we look forward to the launch of MAVEN from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later today, remember that it will soon be joining three other orbiters and two active rovers that are all working to assemble the puzzle of he red planet's history and its potential for habitability - from the cores of rocks to the uppermost regions of the atmosphere.