Curiosity Rover Takes Longest Drive Yet; New Photos of Mars

NASA released new photos of Mars Thursday.

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Earlier this week, the Mars Curiosity rover drove 100 feet, the farthest it has gone in a single day on its mission, NASA announced Thursday. In the month it has been on Mars, it has driven 358 feet.

NASA also released new high-resolution images of the rover, taken by its HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, in which track marks can be seen. NASA says the track marks can be observed over time to determine changes to Mars's soil.

The rover is only about a fourth of the way to its first "science destination," where it will begin using its drill to bore into the Martian surface. According to NASA, the rover "continues to work in good health."

Curiosity's Mast Camera took this photo of the rover's arm--the rover's dust removal tool is visible at right.

Tracks from one of the rover's first drives are visible in this photo, taken by HiRISE

NASA released a new photo of the parachute and back shell that helped the rover land.

Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at