The new image taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the sense of wonder and brutality that can be felt while standing on the surface of Mars.
A post on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JBL) website states: “Curiosity took a stunning photo of itself from its most recent location on Mount Sharp on Mars. Adding white versions and colors. “
The photo was taken on November 16 when the rover completed its last flight. At these stops, Curiosity always captures the low-resolution 360-degree panorama of Gale Crater’s steep slopes.
When the latest panorama was sent back to Earth, the Curiosity team decided to capture it at the highest resolution.
At 8.30pm and 4.10pm the MST took two separate pictures while watching the Curiosity Sharp Cliffs. The mosaics were sent to Earth, where Curiosity’s team put them together and added color to highlight different light levels at different times of the day.
Blue represents morning light, orange represents afternoon, and the combination of the two scenes makes the group image green.
In the center of the image is the rear view below the 5.5-kilometer (3.4-mile) summit, Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Greater.
The wavy sand field known as Forvey Sands, discovered by Curiosity in December last year, can be seen in the middle, and the interesting rounded mountains to the right of the center are subject to Curiosity’s exploration in August this year.
On the right is a system called Mount Rafael Navarro, named after the Curiosity scientist who helped identify organic compounds on Mars. Rafael Navarro passed away earlier this year.
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