Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 22, 2013

Foggy Afternoon at Gale Crater - Sol 335
Foggy Afternoon at Gale Crater - Sol 335

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

The NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory - "Curiosity" captured this almost monochromatic view of the Dust-covered Surface of Gale Crater with its Left Front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (a.k.a. "HazCam"), just after completing a drive that took the Mission's Total Driving Distance beyond the 1 Km (such as 0,621 mile) mark. The image was taken on July 16, 2013, during the (very foggy, in our opinion, as IPF) afternoon of the 335th Martian Day, or Sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. The view is in the direction of the next planned drive, toward the South/West. Portions of the Rover's left and right Front Wheels are visible on both sides of the picture.

In particular, the drive that took place on Sol 335 covered a distance of about 125 feet (such as a little more than 38 meters) and, as we mentioned hereabove, it brought the total Mission's Total Driving Distance (---> Odometry) to about 3376 feet (such as approx. 1,029 Km). During the early days of the month of July 2013, the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory - "Curiosity" began a multi-month trek from the Glenelg Area, where it worked for more than six months, toward a destination area located near the Lower Layers of Mount Sharp (which, out of curisity, is still about 5 miles - such as approx. 8,0467 Km - away).

This frame (which is an Original NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory - "Curiosity" Original b/w image published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal and identified by the ID n. PIA 17279) has been additionally processed, magnified and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal - meaning "in the average" - human eye would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory - "Curiosity" , and then looked ahead, towards the Horizon and Sky over Gale Crater), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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