There’s nothing like a beautiful sunny day in Gale crater! The rusty sand crunching beneath your wheels, a gentle breeze blowing at a balmy 6º C (43º F), Mount Sharp rising in the distance into a clear blue sky… wait, did I just say blue sky?
Yes I did. But no worries — Mars hasn’t sprouted a nitrogen-and-oxygen atmosphere overnight. The image above is a crop from a panorama made of images from NASA’s Curiosity rover showing Gale crater’s central peak, Mount Sharp (officially Aeolis Mons.) Don’t let the blue sky fool you though — the lighting has been purposely adjusted to look like a sunlit scene on Earth… if only to let geologists more easily refer to their own experience when studying the Martian landscape.
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“the lighting has been purposely adjusted to look like a sunlit scene on Earth…”
It IS a sunlit scene!!! Just not on Earth. This makes the photo 40% less bright. Is there any other sources of light on Mars? So the image MUST show the actual color.
Right…. adjusted to look like “a sunlit scene on Earth.” Except it’s on Mars, where coloration is different because of ambient lighting through the Martian atmosphere.
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