Curiosity - 1st colour picture of Mars

2012-08-07 21:51

Pasadena - Nasa's new Mars rover has beamed back its first colour photo from the ancient crater where it landed.

The image shows a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on its first day on the surface after touching down after a dramatic descent on Sunday night.

The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm. The landscape looks fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during its descent.

Since landing, Curiosity has sent back several black-and-white images of its surroundings, including a mountain view. It is expected to send back sharper pictures of its landing site.

  • ryan.blom.3 - 2012-08-07 22:06

    Great !! we get it to mars but cant get a dustproof cover !

      theandystokes - 2012-08-07 22:19

      Ummm... it's called a cover for a reason, it covers the lens. The cover will come off in about a week. It's all on the Nasa site, read it guys :)

      Jaco Nel - 2012-08-07 22:25

      which is great. thanks for 'clearing that up'. how long will it be good for after they removed the cover though? better go read up about this first.

      Jaco Nel - 2012-08-07 22:42

      oh ok. it's retractable. phew. was about to lose sleep about this.

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-08-08 07:59

      They are waiting for the first Martian than can read Yankee to pass by, so that he/she/it could clean it...

  • Jaco Nel - 2012-08-07 22:16

    hmm, dust on mars. who would of thought. hope they have a way of cleaning that lense.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-08 08:21

      Do you really think that NASA scientists wouldn't have thought of that? The average IQ of NASA scientists is between 130 - 150, not your average Joe.

  • winston.gower - 2012-08-07 22:17

    Nasa could not even buget for wiper blabes......

  • cj.venter - 2012-08-08 07:41

    they should have landed a google street view car on mars instead, then we could get a 360 view of mars :D

  • lostand.damnedskeptic - 2012-08-08 09:16

    nice, looking forward to the rest…

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