Curiosity’s Monster Dust-Covered Wheels in MAHLI Definition

On Sol 34, Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) captured images of the rover's dusty wheels. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
On Sol 34, Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) captured images of the rover’s dusty wheels. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Late on Sunday night, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) website had a surprise in store: Curiosity’s recently un-capped robotic arm-mounted Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) snapped some incredible photographs of the rover’s undercarriage and its calibration target. Shown above is my favorite pic, detailing dust on two of the rover’s wheels. Shown below is an image of Curiosity’s set of front Hazcams (left and right pairs).

Curiosity's front Hazcams as imaged by the robotic arm-mounted MARDI camera. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Curiosity’s front Hazcams as imaged by the robotic arm-mounted MARDI camera. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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