Who could let the day go by without checking in Curiosity? Let me guess – taking pictures again? I’m happy to report that the high-resolution cameras were used today to shoot the first color panorama. The photo above looks kind of ordinary until you click it and arrive at the full panorama. Wait till you see the luscious detail.
The same is true with the second image. It’s another high-resolution panorama but in black and white and taken with one of the NavCam’s. I’ve cropped it down to show only the top of the rover, the better to see the dirt and rocks that landed there from the sky crane’s rocket exhaust. Had the rover landed using rockets all the way to the ground into of being dropped from a height by the sky crane, the amount of debris tossed up might have damaged equipment. So while it looks nasty – we wish we had a broom – it’s much cleaner than it might otherwise be. Let’s hope a dust devil comes by soon to give Curiosity a clean sweep.
See more photos HERE.