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Curiosity sends back 1st 360-degree view from Mars

08-10-2012 10:04 BJT Special Report:Curiosity Lands on Mars |

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NASA’s "Curiosity" rover has returned another postcard from Mars. It is the first 360-degree color view from the red planet’s Gale Crater.

The exploration vehicle has raised its mast containing high-resolution and navigation cameras, giving scientists a better view of the landing site. Since landing Sunday night, the six-wheel rover has been sending home a trickle of pictures, beginning with grainy, black-and-white photos. It’s also beamed back a low-quality video showing the last few minutes of its descent to the surface.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to study whether Gale Crater ever had conditions favourable for any form of life.

A 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, is
seen in this image released by NASA August 7, 2012. The anaglyph was made from a stereo
pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the front of the rover. Mount Sharp, a peak that is
about 5.5 miles (3.4 miles) high, is visible rising above the terrain, though in one
"eye" a box on the rover holding the drill bits obscures the view. This image was
captured by Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the front of the rover at full resolution
shortly after the rover landed. It has been linearized to remove the distorted
appearance that results from its fisheye lens. (Photo Source:


Curiosity beams back 1st 360-degree view of Mars' surface
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) - NASA said Wednesday that Curiosity rover has sent more remarkable images from Mars surface, including the first 360-degree view of Curiosity's new home in Gale Crater. <Full story>

Curiosity rover lifts mast to use high navigation cameras
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- NASA's Curiosity rover has lifted its mast to use its high navigation cameras to capture images, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that operates the Mars most advanced rover announced Wednesday.<Full story>

NASA releases first color image from Curiosity
At a news conference in California, NASA released the first color image from the the Mars rover Curiosity, showing the surface of the Red Planet with the Gale Crater in the background.<Full story>



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