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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Real-time sunset on Mars

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, the Sun, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), many worlds, animation

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On its 956th sol (day) on Mars, the rover Curiosity used its Mastcam to image a stunning sequence of the Sun (Sol) setting over the local horizon at Gale Crater, where it has been exploring since August 2012. The individual images taken by Curiosity covered a period of about 6 minutes. The sequence of images was too intermittent to make smooth movie of the sunset on its own. Using the foreground and horizon from one image and then recreating the sky and Sun in Photoshop, Glen Nagle used Adobe Premier to create a near real-time sunset sequence as if you could stand on Mars and see it for yourself. With the addition of a little 'lens flare' and the haunting music 'Lux Aeterna' by György Ligeti, this imagining of a sunset on Mars evokes a sense of awe and reverence.

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Glen Nagle

Original image data dated on or about April 15, 2015.

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


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