NASA has released yet another batch of stunning Mars photos captured by their Curiosity rover. That’s right, “after successfully landing on the Red Planet on August 5, the rover produced incredible pictures showing exactly what you would see if you were standing on the surface of Mars on a late afternoon.” Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
The excellent panoramic images, released on Thursday, were the first colour landscape photographs provided from the $2.5 billion Martian rover and were taken with the probe’s MastCams which extend above the spacecraft. The panoramic mosaic, comprising 130 separate images that Curiosity captured with its newly activated navigation cameras, shows a rust-colored, pebble-strewn expanse stretching to a wall of the crater’s rim in one direction and a tall mound of layered rock in another. That formation, named Mount Sharp, stands at the center of the vast, ancient impact crater and several miles from where Curiosity touched down at the end of an eight-month voyage across 352 million mile (566 million km) of space.