Space & Astronomy
Mars rover beams back panoramic view
By T.K. Randall
August 11, 2012 · 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.
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