28 August 2012

Curiosity Rover Sends Back High Resolution Colored Picture Of Mars

Following up on the first color photo of Mars, the Curiosity Rover has sent back the first high resolution colored photo—revealing a clearer picture of the red planet’s landscape.

The image shows “the base of Mount Sharp”, the rover’s eventual destination where scientists plan to search for the chemical ingredients of life, according to NASA.

The new image was shot using the 100mm telephoto lens and the 34mm wide-angle lens of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument.

Scientists had enhanced the color to show the Martian landscape under the light conditions we have on Earth, which helps in the analyzing of the terrain.

[via NASA]