Curiosity Still in Cruise Mode But Approaching Mars

Transfer Orbit of the Mars Science Laboratory Closing on Mars
Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

The Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) is now 73 days from landing on Mars. Curiosity is due on 5 August Phoenix time (6 August UTC) in Gale Crater.

The image above shows how close the transfer orbit of Curiosity (green) is compared to the orbit of Mars (orange).