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Mars rover beams back panoramic view

Posted on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 | Comment icon 30 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

Image credit: NASA

NASA's Curiosity rover has returned a stunning panoramic view of the landscape within Gale Crater.

With the rover's Mast camera deployed and all systems operating perfectly, Curiosity treated scientists to a full color vista of what it can see from its landing site on Mars. Comprised of 130 low resolution thumbnails, the panoramic view shows the edge of the crater as well as the looming Mount Sharp in the background.

"After a year in cold storage, where it endured the rigors of launch, the deep space cruise to Mars and everything that went on during landing, it is great to see our camera is working as planned," said NASA's Mike Malin. "As engaging as this color panorama is, it is important to note this is only one-eighth the potential resolution of images from this camera."

"The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera, or Mastcam, have been received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif."

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Comment icon #21 Posted by stevewinn on 13 August, 2012, 17:42
does anyone remember when scientists found plumes of methane in the martian atmosphere, and they said its either bilogical or geological. but not sure. the plumes of methane seem to increase in the summer months on mars. well does anyone know if Gale crater is located in one of the areas were the methane was present? and if it is will curiosity be able to detect it etc...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Archimedes on 13 August, 2012, 18:10
We had a guy here, don't know if he's still around, who used to insist that Mars is a green lush planet with oceans and forests, etc. and ALL the rover pics and satellite maps are fakes. CGI or shot in the Arizona desert somewhere. I've never understood the purpose of such a bizarre and over-the-top conspiracy. Getting a bunch of either actors or NASA personnel who know otherwise, to pretend they were celebrating landing Curiosity on Mars and film them and have it broadcast on the news. Generating hundreds of thousands of pictures of satellites pics mapping Mars to insane detai... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by DONTEATUS on 13 August, 2012, 23:00
THats right stevewinn ! just under the surface is massive rivers,and my little monkey and I found that its quite nice in UnderMArs ! ! ITs those pesky Aliens that come to mine with there slaves that are sketchy !
Comment icon #24 Posted by Kludge808 on 16 August, 2012, 6:49
I was born just before the end of World War II. Since then, I've seen so many "impossible" things happen - the sound barrier broken, satellites and later man in orbit, man on the moon, every planet* and some moons photographed from within a reasonable distance, Voyagers 1 and 2 plus Pioneers 10 and 11 at or beyond the limits of our solar system (Waspie, please correct me on that if I'm in error.) and exploration of our neighbor, Mars. Curiosity is, to me, a marvel in a long line of marvels and the photos being sent back are breathtaking. It is one more piece of science fic... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by DBunker on 16 August, 2012, 15:22
New Horizon is getting there.... should be very interesting.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Kludge808 on 16 August, 2012, 18:13
Yep, that's the craft's name. I couldn't remember it. Thanks.
Comment icon #27 Posted by goodgodno on 18 August, 2012, 23:51
I love the fact they've already identified clay deposits (possibly basins). This already implies that mars had surface water at some point in its history.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Kirbstone on 19 August, 2012, 2:20
At the top left of one of the pics. taken by an earlier lander the golden arms of the local McDonald's could be seen peeping over the horizon. You can imagine just how surprised I was when half-way through my triple burger I spied the skycrane drop this Monster rover and fly off in a random direction to crash into the sand not a mile away. Whew! that was close!. Mind you, the thing hasn't moved much since and it doesn't look like it'll pay this burger bar a visit anytime soon. We get our water for the coffee & the washing up from deep underground, of course!... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by goodgodno on 19 August, 2012, 13:11
Hi Kirbstone, were you responding to my post?
Comment icon #30 Posted by curiouse on 24 August, 2012, 9:57
We have gone Home!

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