Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
In August 2012, NASA successfully landed a vehicle named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. The first images are starting to roll in to the NASA site and some of them make for some interesting otherworldly desktop wallpaper.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.
Gentlemen, The next time you offer a series of such pictures please send us a link to a zipped ensemble so we don't have to download each picture individually. Thank you.
Direct from NASA: "The Mars Science Laboratory Mast Camera, mounted at about human-eye height, images the roverâs surroundings in high-resolution stereo and color, with the capability to take and store high-definition video sequences." Mast Cam is a 2 mega-pixel camera with multiple lenses available (wide to tele). Most (if not all) of the images we see here have been color corrected to appear as if they were taken in Earth's atmosphere. Here's one of the photos in uncorrected color: http://www.nasa.gov/681384main_PIA16104r_malin03m100focus_raw.png The navigation cameras are black and white.
Beautiful pics. Are these being uploaded at the native resolution of the Curiosity's cameras? If not, what is it? And are the colors being enhanced, or are these as they would appear to the naked eye, more or less? gmark
on my HDTV. I does "seem" smoother because it has to be a different geology. Different surface composition yields a dramatically different visual affect. I suspect the clearer looking surface is closer to solid rock, where the other is more like sand stone or gravel mix.
I don't think the robot has a full colour camera. -Edit, Apparently I'm wrong, it does stereo and colour.