The Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ Beamed Back a New Look at the Red Planet

The Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ Beamed Back a New Look at the Red Planet

Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) took the component images for this view from a position outside the crater during the span of June 7 to June 19, 2017, sols 4753 to 4765 of the rover's work on Mars.

Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) took the component images for this view from a position outside the crater during the span of June 7 to June 19, 2017, sols 4753 to 4765 of the rover's work on Mars.

The Mars rover holds a familiar, contemporary design. I feel like this could fit into a basic Terran (or Human) design for land travel.

The Mars rover holds a familiar, contemporary design. I feel like this could fit into a basic Terran (or Human) design for land travel.

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars snaps self portrait. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / JMKnapp via NBC News)

Mars rover snaps spooky portraits

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars snaps self portrait. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / JMKnapp via NBC News)

Images taken by the left-eye camera of the Mast Camera - Curiosity

Images taken by the left-eye camera of the Mast Camera - Curiosity

This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting. White-balancing helps scientists recognize rock materials based on their experience looking at rocks on Earth. The Martian sky would look more of a butterscotch color to the human eye.

This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting. White-balancing helps scientists recognize rock materials based on their experience looking at rocks on Earth. The Martian sky would look more of a butterscotch color to the human eye.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 712

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 712

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on the mission's 21st Martian day, or sol (Aug. 30, 2012) and then took images with its Navigation Camera that are combined into this scene, which inclues the fresh tracks.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on the mission's 21st Martian day, or sol (Aug. 30, 2012) and then took images with its Navigation Camera that are combined into this scene, which inclues the fresh tracks.

Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp

Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp

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