by Cat Ellen, contributing writer

Headed for the Hills

Curiosity, just out for a little drive. And Science. (photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Curiosity, just out for a little drive. And Science. (photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Occasionally, rovers on a mission may not have time to tell a full story about their travels but have just enough time to post a picture to social media. This week, NASA’s Curiosity rover posted this simple picture on Twitter and Facebook.

“Head for the hills! I’m driving towards these hills on Mars to do geology work and also search for clouds.”

Invitation to Participate

NASA extended an invitation to its social media followers to apply for a one-day NASA Social coming up in October. Up to 50 participants will be hosted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Keep calm and do a science: Meet the teams helping Mars spacecraft dodge (and study!) the coming Mars comet. (artist rendition, credit NASA/JPL)

Keep calm and do a science: Meet the teams helping Mars spacecraft dodge (and study!) the coming Mars comet. (artist rendition, credit NASA/JPL)

The NASA Social has been organized to highlight a couple of comet events through the end of the year. Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring flies by Mars on October 19 and the Rosetta mission from the European Space Agency plans to land the Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. Participants will interact with scientists and engineers inside the “mission control” of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN).

NASA’s Social falls just after the annual JPL Open House scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12. This free public event includes exhibits, tours, and demonstrations around this years theme “Welcome to Our Universe.”

Complete your application for a NASA Social Media Credential on the NASA.gov webite. Applications opened on Thursday, September 4 and close this Monday, September 8 at 5 PM Eastern (2 PM Pacific). Hurry to submit your application today!

Want More?

  • Mars Exploration Program
  • Twitter: @MarsRovers, Spirit and Oppy
  • Twitter: @MarsCuriosity
  • Twitter: @NASAJPL
  • Facebook: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter