First Color Photo From Historic Mars Mission Emerges

Curiosity's First Color Photo Curiosity snaps the first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater, where NASA's Mars rover landed Sunday night. The picture was taken by the rover's camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera's cover.

Curiosity’s First Color Photo
Curiosity snaps the first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater, where NASA’s Mars rover landed Sunday night. The picture was taken by the rover’s camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera’s cover.

Historic Mars Mission Emerges

Historic Mars Mission Emerges

Mars Rover: First Color PHOTO From Curiosity

So far it’s been a black-and-white world on the Red Planet, but today NASA’s Curiosity rover sent back the first color photo from its historic mission on Mars.

The picture offers a view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater, but the image is blurry because the removable dust cover on the camera is coated with fine debriskicked up during landing, USA Today reports. The photo has also been rotated to correct the current tilt of the rover’s robotic arm.

The image reportedly pleased NASA scientists, but its poor quality was derided by some media. “Is Curiosity taking photos with a RAZR?” Gawker quipped, referring to the fad camera phone produced by Motorola in the early 2000s.

Picture quality is expected to improve once the dust cover is removed. “Images taken without the dust cover in place are expected during checkout of the robotic arm in coming weeks,” according to NASA.

By  The Huffington Post

Source: Huffingtonpost



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