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NASA’s HiRISE Spies Curiosity on Mars

14 Aug 2012, 20:49 UTC
NASA’s HiRISE Spies Curiosity on Mars
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The images coming to Earth via spacecraft orbiting Mars are simply amazing. Some of the latest images have been “spy” satellite views of the Gale Crater region of Mars, where NASA’s Curiosity rover landed just over a week ago. Shown above is an image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, using the High Resolution Imaging [...]

Color-enhanced view of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars taken by the HiRISE instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as blue colors. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe images coming to Earth via spacecraft orbiting Mars are simply amazing. Some of the latest images have been “spy” satellite views of the Gale Crater region of Mars, where NASA’s Curiosity rover landed just over a week ago.
Shown above is an image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). The image has been altered from “true” color in order to highlight the different types of materials on the martian surface. The image resolution is about one foot per pixel. Of particular interest are the (blue) regions where the MSL descent stage blasted away loose material ...

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