Like a coworker looking over her shoulder in the office, Curiosity has a Martian colleague checking up on her progress from high above.
Orbiting over 150 miles in altitude, the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this precision shot of Mars rover Curiosity on Dec. 13, 2014, while it was collecting data and looking for drilling targets in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp in the center of Gale Crater.
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Recent scientific results from Curiosity of Pahrump Hills have shown extensive evidence of ancient water, adding more detail to our understanding of Mars' past habitable potential.
Orbital images such as these have been critical for rover drivers operating out of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as HiRISE's vantage point allows hazards and regions of scientific curiosity to be pinpointed. The rover can then be commanded to steer clear of rough terrain over the rover's horizon, for example.
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So far from being a nosy coworker, the MRO is in fact Curiosity's eye in the sky; an orbital buddy who is looking out for its rover cousin on the ground.
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