November 25, 2021: This is my postcard to my friends on Earth.
by Curiosity Rover
Hello from Mars!! Having a great trip as I continue my climb up Mount Sharp.
Thought you’d like to see this spectacular photo from my 3,299th day on the planet. That was November 16, 2021 back home.
My NASA minders back at the Jet Propulsion Lab use the word sol for a Martian Day.
My trip up the mountain is in the center of the view. I’ve been taking my time up the slope, checking out everything on the way. It’s been a long trip. I’ve been climbing since 2014.
About five earth-months ago, I passed some rounded hills that are in the center-right of the picture.
The Sands of Forvie are closer, about one-quarter to a half mile away.
The mountain I am climbing is inside Gale Crater. You can see the rim in the distance. It is over 7,500 feet tall. The impact must have been a tremendous event!
More to come. I’m out of space on this postcard.
(Follow the mission at NASA’s Mission web site.)
January 5, 2022: Jupiter and the crescent are 5.5° in the evening sky. Look for Mercury and Saturn with the planet-moon duo. Earlier, Venus is low in the west-southwest. Before sunrise, Mars is near Antares.
January 4, 2022: Earth is at perihelion today – it’s closest point to the sun. Mars is a morning planet, while the evening planet pack – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – and the crescent moon are in the southwest after sundown.
January 3, 2022: The moon passes Venus for the final time of this evening appearance of Venus. As night falls, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible in the southwest. Mars is in the southeast before sunrise.
December 30, 2021: As the year ends and the new one opens, the night sky’s brightest star – Sirius – is in the southern sky at the midnight hour.
December 31, 2021: This morning before sunup, the thin waning crescent moon appears near Mars and the star Antares. Four planets – Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter – are on parade in the southwest after sundown.