The small drone Ingenuity and the new spacecraft that transits Mars, Perseverance, have taken away some prominence from the other vehicle that has been traveling the Martian surface for nine years: Curiosity. So, to make its presence known in our planetary neighbor, the device sent a surprising capture from the top of a mountain to Earth.
As reviewed by the NASA on your portal, Curiosity took black and white photographs from its recent position, a ridge they call Mount Sharp on Mars. The scientists in charge of this mission were stunned by the visual it captured in images.
Therefore, because the rover’s cameras take black and white photos, they combined two versions portrayed at different times of the day and colored them with the intention of obtaining the result that they publish on the space agency’s website.
The engineers, astronomers and astrophysicists who are in charge of Curiosity explain that the rover has a navigation camera that takes images in black and white with a 360-degree view.
The software on the team on the red planet takes the photos and keeps them in a low-quality, compressed format to make it easier to send the information back to Earth.
However, when they first saw the location of the rover, they decided to activate the best capture technology. And in this way they took advantage of the beautiful landscape, to leave a surprising portrait of the red planet.
The Curiosity camera
Although the camera takes poor quality black and white captures, the rover has a color Mastcam instrument with which scientists know the ranges of Mars. That is, the colors they added to the images shown are not presumptions. They are actually detailed information in the data they get from Curiosity.
“The blue, orange and green tints are not what the human eye would see; instead, they represent the scene seen at different times of the day, “NASA explained in a post.
The site from which Curiosity is sending the images is Mount Sharp, which is approximately 5 kilometers high. He has been climbing these cliffs since 2014. In the panoramic shot of the photo you can see some rounded hills. In addition, there is also a field of ground waves which are called the “Sands of Forvie”.
On the right side of the photo is a mountain they named Rafael Navarro, thus identified by the scientist who was a member of the Curiosity team who died in early 2021.