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Mars rover beams back panoramic view

By T.K. Randall
August 11, 2012 · Comment icon 28 comments



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. The 130 low-resolution thumbnails, which were received Thursday morning, provide scientists and engineers of NASA's newest Mars rover their first color, horizon-to-horizon glimpse of Gale Crater.


Source: NASA | Comments (28)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Abramelin 10 years ago
*facepalm* my brain hurts waspie. also amazing photos people can say mars is boring but i think theres something oddly beautiful about the martian landscape The only reason people say Mars is boring is because their expectations are too high, meaning: they want ruines and skeletons, and all that. Things like a Hoagland is spreading all over the internet.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Tx-Perkyness 10 years ago
No they want fresh green grass an a beach with lovely blue water as the sun sets, ...ruins an skeletons are a bonus,
Comment icon #21 Posted by stevewinn 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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 detail (0.5m resoluti... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
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... 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 10 years ago
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 fiction becoming science... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by DBunker 10 years ago
* except Pluto and we're getting there. New Horizon is getting there.... should be very interesting.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
New Horizon is getting there.... should be very interesting. Yep, that's the craft's name. I couldn't remember it. Thanks. :tu:
Comment icon #27 Posted by Kirbstone 10 years ago
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!. Sorry this report is eight min... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by curiouse 10 years ago
We have gone Home!


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