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Watching the shift of the Sun, Curiosity sol 397

Watching the shift of the Sun, Curiosity sol 397

NASA / JP / MSSS / Emily Lakdawalla

Watching the shift of the Sun, Curiosity sol 397
While working on "restricted sols," Mars rovers must perform observations that are targeted "blind," without knowing what exactly is in the field of view. This Curiosity observation from a restricted sol (397 or September 17, 2013) had the rover looking at a patch of ground five times over the course of a day to watch how its photometric properties changed under different lighting conditions. Images were taken at 11:01, 12:31, 14:02, 15:35, and 16:40 local solar time.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about September 17, 2013

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