The best images of the rover Curiosity and the latest news from the Red Planet
• The best images of the rover Curiosity and the latest news from the Red Planet
August 6, 2012 Curiosity rover back after an eight-month journey landed in Gale Crater area of Mars. Apparatus overcame 567 million kilometers on the way to the Red Planet.
During this time, the rover Curiosity has made discoveries that point to the existence of favorable conditions for microbial life for billions of years ago, has made countless works of different tools, drills, laser shooting, photographed and sent to Earth 468,926 images.
Pictures rover Curiosity and news from the Red Planet in the past few years.
Sand dunes on Mars on 13 December 2015. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
With great distance Mars Red looks reddish because the red dust contained in the atmosphere. Near color - yellowish-brown with a touch of gold, brown, reddish-brown and even green, depending on the color of the planet's minerals. In ancient times, people are easily distinguished from other planets, Mars, and associated it with the war and all sorts of legends composed. The Egyptians called Mars "Har Decher" which means "red." (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
The rover Curiosity loves doing selfie. How he does it, because to remove it from no one? At the rover four color cameras, they are all characterized by a different set of optics, but only one of them is suitable for a selfie. In the automatic hands called MAHLI 5 degrees of freedom, which gives the camera a lot of flexibility and allows you to "fly over" the Martian rover from all sides. Movement of the hand-camera controls specialist from Earth. The main task - to follow a particular sequence of movements automatic hand, the camera can make a sufficient number of images for subsequent pasting together a panorama. Scenario training each such selfie work out first in the world in a special test module which is called Maggie. (NASA photo):
Martian sunset, April 15, 2015. In the afternoon the sky of Mars yellow-orange. The reason for these differences from the color gamut earth sky - properties thin sparse containing airborne dust Mars atmosphere. Mars Rayleigh scattering rays (which in the world and is the cause of a blue sky color) plays a minor role, its effect is weak, but is shown as a blue emission at sunrise and sunset, when the light passes the thicker layer of air. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | Texas A & M Univ via Getty | NASA):
rover wheels 9 September 2012. (Photo JPL-Caltech | Malin Space Science Systems | NASA):
A picture is April 18, 2016. It can be seen as worn "footwear" in workaholic. From August 2012 to January last year, the rover Curiosity went 15.26 km. (Photo JPL-Caltech MSSS | NASA):
We continue to see images of the rover Curiosity. Dune Namibia - an area with dark sand, consisting of dunes in the north-west of Mount Sharp. (Photo JPL-Caltech | NASA):
Two-thirds of the surface of Mars take the light areas, known as the continents, about one third - dark areas, called seas. And this is the foot of Mount Sharp.
Sharp - Martian mountain, located in the crater Gale. Height of the mountain is about 5 kilometers. Mars is located and the highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus extinct volcano 26 km high. Olympus diameter - about 540 km. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
Photo from the orbiter and the rover can be seen here. (Photo JPL-Caltech | Univ of Arizona |. NASA)
How to form this unusual hill Ireson on Mars? His story became the subject of research. Its shape and structure of the two-tone make him one of the most unusual hills around which passed automatic rover. It reaches a height of about 5 meters and its base size - about 15 meters. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA0:
So look "traces" of the rover on Mars. (Photo JPL-Caltech | NASA):
hemisphere of Mars is quite different in the nature of the surface. In the southern hemisphere surface is at 1-2 km above the average level and densely cratered. This part of Mars resembles the lunar continents. In the north, most of the surface is below average, there are few craters and occupy a major portion of relatively smooth plains probably formed by lava flooding and erosion. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
Another masterful selfie. (Phot JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
In the foreground, about three kilometers from the rover, is a long ridge, full of iron oxide. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
A look at the path that has done a rover, February 9, 2014. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
The hole is drilled rover Curiosity. Such rocks under the red color surface is not immediately obvious. Drill rover is able to make holes in rock with a diameter 1.6 cm and a depth of 5 cm. The extracted sample manipulator can also investigated devices and SAM CheMin, arranged in front of the rover's body. (Photo JPL-Caltech | MSSS | NASA):
Another selfie, very fresh, made on January 23 2018. (Photo by NASA | JPL-Caltech | MSSS):