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Yes, Curiosity does have a chance to drive to the top of Mount Sharp ! Neither the text nor the map of Mount sharp from the Universe today article mentioned in the answer from @Hobbes indicates that the top is not traversable ! The text on the map "Possible Traverse Area" doesn't mean that other area would be impossible to traverse ! The image above was ...


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The mast on Curiosity is used to place cameras and other instruments far higher than the top deck of the rover body. Other rovers use a similar mast. This gives these instruments a better field of view. Mastcam is used to provide scientific images (for geology), context images for the other instruments, and to help with navigation. The Mast Camera, or ...


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The Mastcams (there are 2) on the Mars Science Laboratory aka Curiosity were built by Malin Space Science Systems and use similar components to the other imagers on Curiosity such as MAHLI and MARDI. They are developments and upgrades of similar cameras that were flown on Spirit and Opportunity, the previous "generation" of Mars rovers. There are more ...


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From the article Relating geologic units and mobility system kinematics contributing to Curiosity wheel damage at Gale rater, Mars: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jterra.2017.03.001 From 6. Traverse planning and accumulated wheel damage In addition, -X direction drives were implemented more frequently (Fig. 19) to minimize additional damage to L1,L2,R1, ...


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