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A Postcard from Mars: Salsberry Peak Panorama

3 Jan 2015, 20:08 UTC
A Postcard from Mars: Salsberry Peak Panorama
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Every now and then I get unexpectedly caught up in a project that I originally intended to be a quick just-for-fun thing and ends up taking an hour and a half of my time (usually long after I should have gone to bed.) This was one of those. Made up of 28 raw images acquired […]

Mosaic of Mastcam images acquired by Curiosity on Dec. 21, 2014 (click for hi-res version)
Every now and then I get unexpectedly caught up in a project that I originally intended to be a quick just-for-fun thing and ends up taking an hour and a half of my time (usually long after I should have gone to bed.) This was one of those.
Made up of 28 raw images acquired by Curiosity’s right Mastcam camera, this is a panorama of the rover’s surroundings in Gale Crater on mission Sol 844 – December 21, 2014 our time. The colors are what one would see in ambient Mars lighting… for a more Earth-like view, see below:

Salsberry Peak panorama white-balanced for more Earthlike daytime lighting.
The high rocky outcrop on the left is nicknamed Salsberry Peak after a mountain in California’s Death Valley. This was Curiosity’s ...

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