Curiosity’s Surroundings

Curiosity’s Surroundings

This is one of a initial images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, that landed on Mars on a morning of Aug. 6, 2012. It was taken by a fisheye wide-angle lens on a left “eye” of a stereo span of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on a left-rear side of a rover. The picture is one-half of full resolution. The transparent dirt cover that stable a camera during alighting has been sprung open. Part of a open that expelled a dirt cover can be seen during a bottom right, nearby a rover’s wheel.

On a tip left, partial of a rover’s energy supply is visible.

Some dirt appears on a lens even with a dirt cover off.

The cameras are looking directly into a sun, so a tip of a picture is saturated. Looking true into a object does not mistreat a cameras. The lines opposite a tip are an artifact called “blooming” that occurs in a camera’s detector since of a saturation.

As planned, a rover’s early engineering images are reduce resolution. Larger tone images from other cameras are approaching after in a week when a rover’s mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech