WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New images from Mars have been released by NASA recently in a press release.
- These images include a 1.8-billion-pixel image and a video that was captured by the Curiosity rover.
- The last images captured by the rover was back in 2013.
NASA has recently released new images from the Red Planet, Mars. More than 1,000 images captured by Curiosity rover includes a video, and an unbelievable 1.8-billion-pixel image. The video was taken for four days. Rocky lands can be seen in the video where Curiosity rover had explored between November 24 to December 1 in 2019.
Scientist Ashwin Vasavada who led the Curiosity rover mission under NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a press release that “While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes.”
She added, “This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.”
Since the panorama images have a very high pixel, they can be zoomed in using Curiosity rover’s telephoto lens on its Mast Camera, also called a Mastcam. A medium angle lens with almost 650-million-pixel panorama was used to cover Curiosity’s deck and its robotic arm in one of the shots.
According to NASA, included in the panoramas is Glen Torridon which is a region on the side of the planet’s Mount Sharp. It stands at about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Gale Crater base where the rover has been climbing since 2014.
NASA scientists had spent almost seven hours for more than four days to take the pre-programmed images from the rover. To ensure the consistency in lighting, they have programmed the rover to capture pictures between noontime and 2 P.M. local Mars time, every day.
These new images are released seven years just after the rover captured a 1.3-billion-pixel panorama using Mastcam and its black-and-white Navcams (Navigation Cameras) in 2013.