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Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars

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Well, this is cool.

Earlier in the week, NASA promised us bigger, color photos from the surface of Mars. And what do you know, mark them good on their word. That’s because the Curiosity rover has just sent the first color panaroma image from Gale Crater.

Ok, it’s not in full resolution, but instead pieced together from 130 different 144×144 pixel images. Still, who’s complaining? Look, it’s MARS! (Click to enlarge)

Mars Color Panorama

NASA’s seems pretty thrilled about Curiosity getting out there and sampling the different materials that make up Mars’ surface:

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.

According to JPL, we can expect to get selected full frames from this panorama, which measure 1,200×1,200 pixels each, in due time.

Curiosity Beams Back First Color Panorama of Mars
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  • Frederick Stone

    Brilliant!!! Guys, well done. YOu have so much material that you do not publicise, like Mona Liza from the Moon?! where is she now? to which earth nation is she genetically related. What is her history? how long was she incapacitated on the Moon? Why was she there? how was her craft incapacitated? Is she healthy?
    My company is thinking about making a private grant of $1 billion to NASA if it needs extraordinary funding. No strings attached?