NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 696: Using Every Instrument
The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 133 images taken on Sol 696 (July 21, 2014).
We’re slowly picking our way across the rugged cap-rock of Zabriskie Plateau. Over the weekend we drove 23.4 m while also managing to use every single instrument on the rover! For the Sol 696 plan we will be doing two quick APXS integrations on targets Wildrose and Surprise, along with documentation images. We’ll also be taking a Mastcam multispectral observation of Mahogany Flats and a right-eye image of the target Jangle. Multispectral observations involve taking pictures of a target with various filters in front of the camera. This results in a low-resolution spectrum for each pixel in the image, which can be used to figure out (very approximately) what type of minerals are present, and to pull out detail that would not be visible with an ordinary red-green-blue image. Once the science is done in the sol 696 plan, we will drive again. Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.
Other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:
The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".