Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 23, 2014

Mount Remarkable (double view)
Mount Remarkable (double view)

Credits: NASA/JPL/MSSS - Mars Exploration Rover/Mars Laboratory Curiosity Mission - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Marco Faccin and Paolo C. Fienga/LLXTT/IPF

The NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory Curiosity is currently eyeing this approx. 16-feet-tall (such as approx. 4,87 meters) Butte (---> small and round Hill) as a possible candidate for further investigations, NASA Officials recently said. If the Rock Formation looks interesting to Scientists, the Rover may use its Robotic Instruments to pull a Dirt sample from the Layers surrounding the base of the aforementioned Butte, which has been nicknamed "Mount Remarkable".

The Rover touched down inside the Martian Impact Crater named "Gale" in August 2012, charged with the task of finding out whether Mars is, or ever was, suitable for the birth of some kind of Indigenous Lifeform. The NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory Curiosity has already found evidence that Mars, once, had the right conditions to support Microbial Life, through an analysis of Dirt samples drilled at a Martian Location nicknamed "Yellowknife Bay", and located near the Rover's Landing Site.

Mount Remarkable is puny compared with Curiosity's ultimate Science Destination: Mount Sharp, a towering and approx. 3,4-miles-high (such as about 5,47 Km) Martian Mountain. In the so-called "Foot-Hills" of Mount Sharp, the Rover is supposed to look for a record of the Red Planet's changing Environmental Conditions and these data, if they will actually be found, could help Scientists to better understand how and why Mars transformed, from a (relatively) warm and wet place (most likely a eons ago), to the cold and barren world that it is (better yet: seems to be) today.

This picture (which is an image-composite obtained by putting together 24 Original NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - Mars Laboratory - "Curiosity" b/w images) has been additionally processed, reduced in size to fit the page, Gamma corrected and then colorized, as far as its Right Side(Dx) is concerned, 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 the Butte, located inside Gale Crater, nicknamed "Mount Remarkable"), and, in its Left Portion (Sx), in Natural Colors (such as the colors that a Perfect Eye - such as an Electronic Eye - or a CCD Camera, if you prefer - would perceive when looking at the imaged Landscape), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

Note: no White-Balancing on the Left (Sx) portion of the image-composite has been performed.

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