Landing Ellipse for the Curiosity Rover Mars mission

This image shows the landing area chosen for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. Improved landing control allowed scientists to target Curiosity closer to interesting geological features than previous missions. The target area within Gale Crater was about 20 kilometers (12½ miles) across and was refined as the spacecraft approached Mars. Curiosity landed in August 2012.

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This image shows the landing area chosen for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity.
Type: Illustration
Credit: Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
Origin: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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This image shows the landing area chosen for the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity.