When exploring an alien planet, it helps if you have a buddy watching your back. And once again, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has proven why it's rover Curiosity's BFF.
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In a lovely image captured by the powerful High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on board the MRO, the one-ton Mars rover can be easily seen with wheel tracks zigzagging through the Martian landscape, avoiding potential hazards.
The photo opportunity came on Dec. 11, 2013, as the Mars satellite flew over Curiosity's stomping ground, Gale Crater. At the time, Curiosity had driven 2.86 miles (4.61 kilometers) from its Aug. 5, 2012, landing site Bradbury Landing.