Mount Sharp

Mount Sharp

The tiny photo above is all I could fit in a width of 640 pixels, but if you’d like to see more — much, much more — go over to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory page. The image there is massively zoomable, giving us a glorious look at what Curiosity is facing right now: Mount Sharp, rising more than five vertical kilometers above the floor of Gale Crater. Curiosity is headed there eventually, to poke and prod around the lower slopes. As you can see when you zoom, the journey will be a long one.

There’s also an image with the white balance adjusted for Earth light, showing us what the scene would look like if Mars didn’t have a sky like Beijing.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Mount Sharp

  1. Paulo says:

    Funny how the white-balance adds a blue hue to the sky. We wish.

    I made it a habit of always going for the “Full-Res TIFF” since the glorious days of the unforgettable pioneers, Spir and Oppie (we’re buddies). Have dozens of those filling up a nice chunk of one of my drives…

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