Mars Curiosity rover beams stunning high definition colour panorama to NASA
Posted by satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 9, 2012
Originally posted on National Post | News:
The Curiosity rover has returned another postcard from Mars — the first 360-degree colour view from Gale Crater.
Since landing Sunday night, NASA’s six-wheel rover has been sending home a trickle of pictures, beginning with grainy, black-and-white photos. It also beamed back a low-quality video showing the last few minutes of its descent to the surface.
It recently raised its mast containing high-resolution and navigation cameras that have given scientists a better view of the landing site.
Curiosity is on a two-year mission to study whether Gale ever had conditions favourable for microbial life.
The $2.5-billion rover also sent back higher quality versions of some of the pictures it sent on Wednesday, including a much more legible self portrait. The version sent on Wednesday was cobbled together mostly out of low resolution thumbnails, while the new version is made up of full resolution pictures.
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