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Curiosity in Exaggerated Color
This color-enhanced view of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. Colors have been enhanced to show the subtle color variations near the rover, which result from different types of materials.
The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors (true colors would be more gray).
This image was acquired at an angle of 30 degrees from straight down, looking west. Another image looking more directly down will be acquired in five days, completing a stereo pair along with this image.
The scale of this image cutout is about 12 inches (31 centimeters) per pixel.
HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter’s HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft.
Image credit: NASNASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Northward is to the left. Gale is the crater with a mound
inside it near the center of the image. NASA selected Gale Crater as the landing
site for Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory. The mission’s rover will be
placed on the ground in a northern portion of Gale crater in August
Gale Crater is 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter and holds a
layered mountain rising about 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the crater floor. The
intended landing site is at 4.5 degrees south latitude, 137.4 degrees east
This view was created using three-dimensional information from
the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, which flew on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor
orbiter. The vertical dimension is not exaggerated. Color information is based
on general Mars color characteristics.
Understand unmanned, Chuck. Umm when WE do resume “human exploration”, will those humans be muslim. You know, the “muslim outreach” thingy?
via Fox News
“Mars is firmly in our sights,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Curiosity not only will return a wealth of important science data, but it will serve as a precursor mission for human exploration to the Red Planet.”