The mission team from NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars created an artistic rendition of a shot of the slope of Mount Sharp on Mars, after being impressed with the natural beauty of the landscape through the original black and white images, which were taken at two different times of the day.
The Curiosity robot is capable of capturing a 360-degree view of its surroundings with its navigation cameras in black and white every time you complete a trip. Later, it compresses the information so that it is easier to send to Earth, where experts can interpret it.
The NASA He explained that many of the photos that are disseminated on social networks are processed with the Mastcam instrument in color, which allows to have a much higher resolution than navigation cameras. He also detailed that the photo of the Martian mountain has blue, orange and green tints, but they are not what the human eye would see; instead, they represent the scene seen at different times of the day.
At what point were the original photographs of Mars taken?
It was on November 16, 2021 when the engineers ordered Curiosity to take two sets of mosaics at 8.30 a.m. and again at 4.10 p.m., with which they made the beautiful composition.
In the postcard you can see Mount Sharp, the 5,000-meter mountain that Curiosity has been going up since 2014. Also pictured are round hills and a field of sand waves known as the “Sands of Forvie” stretching 400 to 800 meters in distance. And that’s not all, because you can also see the “Rafael Navarro Mountain”, named after a scientist from the Curiosity team who passed away in early 2021.
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