NASA releases first panoramic photo of Mars

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Image is composed of 130 low-resolution images (144 by 144 pixels) glued to give a complete view of the environment around the probe robot.

NASA released the first panoramic image (and colorful) Gale CraterThe photos were taken by the main camera – the MastCam – Curiosity of the probe.

 

The picture is actually composed of 130 low-resolution images (144 by 144 pixels) glued to give a complete view of the environment around the probe robot. The image was also slightly bleached, for Mars receives about half the amount of sunlight of the earth. But in general, is not bad for a 2-megapixel camera.

Along with the panoramic photos, the Curiosity also sent some high resolution images that show points of interest. In the photo below, you can see a mountain called Mount Sharp in the background, left. This lot, located in the center of the crater Gale is one of the scientific mission objectives.

The gray part of the landscape closer to the wheel of the robot also draws the attention of scientists. It’s a piece of soil that was excavated by the rocket ship, during the landing. They are eager to dig into the rock to see what secrets can be discovered under the surface of Mars.

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