A dramatic Martian landscape can be seen in a new image
from outer space, shows NASA's Curiosity Rover, which explores a place called
"Woodland Bay." It's just one of many stops the rover made in one
Area referred to as "Carrying sound
Unit"
on the side of Mount Sharp, a 5 kilometer high mountain
Mountain within the Gale Crater.

The picture was taken on 31st May 2019 in high resolution
Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) Camera onboard the NASA Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter (MRO). In the picture, curiosity appears as a bluish spot. Vera ruby
Ridge cuts the scene north of the rover, while a dark patch of sand lies
to the northeast.

Take a close look at the picture and you will see what happens
it is probably the "head" of Curiosity, technically known as remote sensing
Mast. A bright spot appears in the upper left corner of the rover. Back then
This picture was taken, the Rover stood 65 degrees counterclockwise
North, which would bring the mast to about the right place to produce this
bright spot.

Reflective reflections from smooth surfaces appear as
especially bright spots in HiRISE images. So that the camera sees these reflections
Sun and MRO must be in the right place on the rover. These
The color enhanced image of Curiosity shows three or four different bright spots
those are probably such considerations.

The University of Arizona in Tucson operates HiRISE, the
was created by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. built in Boulder, Colorado. JPL,
A division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, directs the Martian Enlightenment
Orbiter project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Here you can find more information about Curiosity
at the:

https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/

Here you will find more information about MRO
and HiRISE at:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mro/

News media contact

Andrew good
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
818-393-2433
andrew.c.good@jpl.nasa.gov

Alana Johnson
NASA headquarters, Washington
202-358-1501
alana.r.johnson@nasa.gov

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