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Mars Rover Curiosity Sends First Full-Color Panorama of Its New Martian Home

360 degrees of lovely Gale Crater

By Rebecca Boyle Posted 08.09.2012

Curiosity’s First Panorama This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater on Mars. The panorama was made from 130 different 144-pixel by 144-pixel thumbnails taken by the Mast Camera. Click here to expand it. Scientists will be taking a closer look at several splotches in the foreground that appear gray. These areas show the effects of the descent stage’s rocket engines blasting the ground. What appeared as a dark strip of dunes in previous, black-and-white pictures from Curiosity can also be seen along the top of this mosaic, but the color images also reveal additional shades of reddish brown around the dunes, likely indicating different textures or materials. NASA/JPL-Caltech

After a couple days of black-and-white imagery and blurry color thumbnails, the Mars rover Curiosity has downlinked its first full-color, 360-degree view of its new home in Gale Crater. Click past the jump to enlarge the whole thing–it’s incredible.

The image was brightened during its processing, because it’s not actually this sunny on Mars. The planet is another 50-ish million miles from the sun, and it only receives half the sunlight Earth does.

Read more : http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-08/mars-rover-curiosity-sends-first-full-color-panorama-its-new-martian-home

  1. August 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    In a 360 degree image, four rocket blast splotches should be visible. One or more of them might be obscured by curiosity’s super structure but if this were actually to be a 360 degree image there should be one splotch in the open area between the two that are visible. Looks more like a 120 degree image to me.

    • August 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      you may be right. Still a nice panorama

      • August 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

        I was wrong to suggest that the image is not a 360 degree view. True, there were four crane rockets but they worked in two tandem pairs. In the photo you can see that each splotch is really a double splotch. My apology!

      • August 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        no problem, it`s good to question and pay attention to these kind of things. If only more people were like this. Have a nice day 🙂

      • August 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

        Thanks! Now I’ve got to go find the other site where I spouted “mis-speak.”

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