Visible from space: Curiosity rover's tire tracks on Mars

NASA's Mars rover tracks are big enough to be seen on the planet from space

Published On: Sep 06 2012 03:26:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2012 03:31:49 PM EDT
WASHINGTON -

NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars. Its tracks are big enough to be seen from space.

In just one month, it's driven 368 feet on the red planet, slightly more than the length of a football field. Curiosity's slightly zig-zaggy tire tracks were photographed by a NASA satellite circling Mars and also from the rover's rear-facing cameras.

The spacecraft landed on Aug. 5 on a mission to look for ingredients that could support life.

Mission manager Michael Watkins said Thursday that the rover team gave each other high fives when the images arrived.

Curiosity won't be traveling more for several days. Engineers will spend the next week checking out the rover's crucial robotic arm and scientific instruments.