Postcard from Mars: Curiosity took a panoramic photo of the mountains on the Red Planet

NASA's Curiosity rover has captured a breathtaking view from the slope of Mount Sharp on Mars. He used navigation

cameras to do twice in one daypanoramas at 8:30 am and again at 4:10 pm local Martian time. The mission team was so inspired by the beauty of the landscape that they combined two black and white images that Curiosity had taken at different times on a Martian day and added color. The result is a rare postcard from the Red Planet.

: Top - 8:30, Bottom - 16:10

In the far right corner of the panorama isRafael Navarro's rocky mountain, named after a Curiosity scientist who passed away earlier this year. Behind him is the top of Mount Sharp, well above the area that Curiosity is exploring. Mount Sharp is located inside Gale Crater, a 154 km wide basin formed by impact in the distant past.

NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory-California Institute of Technology.

Curiosity's mission is led by the LaboratoryNASA's jet propulsion, operated by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. The rover is an autonomous chemical laboratory several times larger and heavier than the previous Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

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