The NASA’s Mars Rover, Curiosity, has successfully touched down on Mars on Sunday (Aug. 5 PDT), and has already sent back black-and-white and color images of the Martian landscape and a self-portrait to the Earth. Curiosity has captured a magnificent ‘postcard’ from the Red Planet — a 360 degree color view that offers a glimpse of the rover’s colorful and diverse surroundings. In a news briefing on August 9, Thursday, NASA released Curiosity’s first color panorama view – one in color and one in black-n-white.
This is the first 360 degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. This images were taken on late August 8 PDT (Aug. 9 EDT) in the late Martian afternoon. The color panorama is made up of 130 low-resolution (144 x 144 pixels each) thumbnail images taken by the 34 millimeter Mast Camera of Curiosity. In fact, Curiosity’s panoramic photo is just the beginning of the rover’s visual documentation of Mars.