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Curiosity captures incredible Mars panorama

By T.K. Randall
February 2, 2018 · Comment icon 5 comments

Curiosity has travelled a long way since it first touched down on the Martian surface. Image Credit: NASA
Consisting of 16 separate images, the impressive vista was captured using the rover's wide-angle lens.
The images were taken from the top of Vera Rubin Ridge at an elevation of 1,073ft.

"The component images were taken on Oct. 25, 2017, during the 1,856th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars," NASA wrote. "At that point, Curiosity had gained 1,073 feet (327 meters) in elevation and driven 10.95 miles (17.63 kilometers) from its landing site."
"Mount Sharp stands about 3 miles (5 kilometers) high in the middle of Gale Crater, which spans 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter. Vera Rubin Ridge is on the northwestern flank of lower Mount Sharp. The foreground of this panorama shows portions of lower Mount Sharp."

Annotations showing Curiosity's path across Gale Crater can also be viewed in the video below.



Source: Gizmodo Australia | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Very cool!  Thanks Waspie!
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Wow! I've never seen anything quite like this before.
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
?  They look very much like a barren Earth. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 6 years ago
If goodgodno is like me, he's wondering what it would look like without the colors having been changed. You know, red surface, pink sky etc.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
Despite freetoroam's rather dismissive answer (rather suggesting she didn't understand it) this is a very good question.   How they would look to the human eye is a little subjective, given that the brain tends to compensate for different lighting conditions. For example a piece of white paper looks white even if you are in a room illuminated by fluorescent lighting, which has a distinctly yellow output. If you photograph the same piece of paper (without using the white balance that exists on many modern digital cameras) the paper will appear yellow in the photograph. Photograph the same piec... [More]


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