The first high-resolution image was taken by the upper chamber of the mast, which will be used during the navigation mission of the laboratory stock, which will seek information on the composition of the Martian surface and traces of the past presence of water on the planet red.
The snapshot, black and white, shows a plane dotted with small rocks, against which rises a ridge of hills that mark the limits of the crater Gale, a destination for this browser Martian powered by nuclear energy.
NASA explained that the image shows two depressions “were probably excavated by the blast of the proponents of the descent phase of Curiosity”, landed on the Martian surface using a new system called “Skycrane”.
Another high-resolution images received and published today shows the shadow of the mast and the “head” of Curiosity on the surface of Mars as well as a 360 degrees, which turns to see the Morte Sharp, in the Gale crater rim, where the browser will geological experiments.
The control center receives the information NASA first low resolution and gradually updating the details of the images, which in the case of the chambers of the mast not show the powder film the lower chambers of Curiosity.
The first images transmitted shortly after landing were black and white and low resolution taken with small cameras installed to detect possible damage to your wheels and the descent to Mars.
Tuesday also was the first color image of the area in which the Curiosity is taken with another camera, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), although this instant ocher and orange was diffused by the dust during landing.
The camera MAHLI should remove it from a dust protector and start sending new and more detailed images of Mars.
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