Curiosity Leaves its “Bootprint”
In an image reminiscent of the historical photo of Buzz Aldrin’s boot print in the lunar soil, Curiosity leaves a wheel scuff in a wind-formed ripple at a site called “Rocknest”.
The rover’s right Navigation camera took this image of the scuff mark on the mission’s 57th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 3, 2012). For scale, the width of the wheel track is about 16 inches (40 centimeters)… about twice the width of Aldrin’s bootprint.
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Aldrin’s lunar boots, as well as Armstrong’s (and all the Apollo moonwalkers besides Cernan and Schmitt) are actually still on the Moon, but their multiple layers of fabrics have likely turned to powder under the constant barrage of UV radiation.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (Apollo image via the Project Apollo Image Archive and NASA)