A dramatic Martian landscape can be seen in a new image
taken from space, showing NASA's Curiosity rover analyzing a location called
"Woodland Bay." It is just one of the many stops the rover has made in a
referred to as "clay-bearing
unit " on the edge of Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-height (5-kilometer high)
mountain within the Gale Crater.
The image was taken on May 31, 2019, through High Resolution
Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera ride by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter (MRO). In the picture, Curiosity appears as a blue blaze. Vera Rubin
The ridge runs through the landscape to the north of the rover, while a dark patch of sand lies
in the northeast.
Carefully observe the inset image, and you can do what
it is likely to be "head" of Curiosity, called remote sensing
palo. The bright spot appears in the upper left corner of the rover. In time
this image is taken, the rover faces 65 degrees counterclockwise from
north, which will put the mast on the correct location to produce it
Mirror-like reflections off smooth surface show up as
especially bright spots on HiRISE pictures. For camera to see reflections
on the rover, the Sun and MRO must be in the right locations. It is
enhanced color image of Curiosity shows three or four distinctive spots
which is likely to be like meditation.
The University of Arizona in Tucson operates HiRISE, that is
was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp in Boulder, Colorado. JPL,
a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, governing Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter Project for Director of Science Mission at NASA in Washington.
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