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This paper describes the path planning method for a planetary microrover. A planetary rover is required to travel safely over a long distance for many days in unfamiliar terrains. Hence it is very important how a planetary rover processes sensory information in order to understand the environment and to make decisions. The authors have newly developed a small rover for future lunar or planetary exploration. As a new data structure for map information, an extended elevation map is introduced, which includes the effect of the size of the rover. The proposed path planning can be conducted in such a way as if the rover were a point while the size of the rover is automatically taken into account. The map obtained by sensors includes uncertainties. Thus a path planning scheme based on traversability and probability is also proposed. The validity of the proposed method is verified by computer simulations.