NASA Orbiter Spies Curiosity Ripping Up Mars Dust

When exploring an alien planet, it helps if you have a buddy watching your back. And once again, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has proven why it's rover Curiosity's BFF.

January 9, 2014
12:13 PM EST
Color version of the Dec. 11, 2013, observation by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Note the geological variations in the surrounding landscape. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
A hole in Curiosity's aluminum wheel as spotted by the rover's Mastcam in December, 2013. | NASA/JPL-Caltech