Mars Curiosity rover beams stunning high definition colour panorama to NASA
Posted by satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 9, 2012
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.
Another upgrade from the photos sent…
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