Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 17, 2015

No news from the West... - Sol 957
No news from the West... - Sol 957

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech - MER Curiosity - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF

The NASA - Mars Curiosity Rover and Laboratory used its Navigation Camera (or "NavCam", for short) to capture this fascinating scene, that looks toward the Western Side of Gale Crater, just after completing a drive that took the Mission's Total Driving Distance over 10 Km (such as about 6,21 miles).


The drive in question took place on April 16, 2015, such as during the 957th Martian Day, or Sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars, and it covered approx. 208 feet (such as about 63,3984 meters). The NASA - Mars Curiosity Rover and Laboratory advanced Westward through a Sandy-Floored Valley, and the Valley - as you know - is on the Rover's route toward a higher Site on Mount Sharp than the ones that were investigated in the past.


This picture (which is an Original b/w Image obtained by the NASA - Mars Curiosity Rover and Laboratory on March, 16, 2015, and identified, on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal, by the ID n. PIA-19391) has been additionally processed, reduced in size to fit the page, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal - in the average - human eye would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Mars Curiosity Rover and Laboratory, and then looked ahead, towards the Horizon and Sky above Gale Crater), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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