More images from Curiosity including this gorgeous panorama of Gale Crater, the original is huge so click to enjoy. It’s made of tiny thumbnails so it’s the highest quality the cameras are capable of. However with the limited bandwidth available on Mars there’s slightly more important things to be doing such as checking out all the systems.
It is intersting to see the 2 grey patches on the ground. What you see there is the rock of Mars – which, like the moon- is covered in dust. The rocket blasts from the sky crane have blown it aside, speaking of which, another image from Mars has raised a few eyebrows.
Notice the small dark blur on the horizon. Judging from the cameras position and the time it is highly likely that blur is the plume from the Skycrane impacting the surface. The Sky crane is the large black smudge on the surface showing the other debris of the landing.
This full-resolution image shows part of the deck of NASA’s Curiosity rover taken from one of the rover’s Navigation cameras looking toward the back left of the rover.
On the left of this image, part of the rover’s power supply is visible. To the right of the power supply can be seen the pointy low-gain antenna and side of the paddle-shaped high-gain antenna for communications directly to Earth. The rim of Gale Crater is the lighter colored band across the horizon. The effects of the descent stage’s rocket engines blasting the ground can be seen on the right side of the image, next to the rover.
This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA’s Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead. Those images are shown here in a polar projection. Most of the tiles are thumbnails, or small copies of the full-resolution images that have not been sent back to Earth yet. Two of the tiles are full-resolution.
All Images belong to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltec.