Emily Lakdawalla • Oct 11, 2012
Pretty panoramas: Curiosity's scenic views of distant hills
I am working on writing up a report on today's petrology-heavy press briefing. Because that's taking me a while and because it's going to be heavy slogging, I am offering you first some of the really gorgeous views that have been arriving in Curiosity's daily downlinks. These images are from sols 50 and 51, more than two weeks ago. They show hazy views of distant foothills. Neither of these two panoramas actually contains any sky; the background is the Gale crater rim. This first one, especially, took my breath away when I first saw it.
Here is the Navcam view of Curiosity's surroundings on sol 50, with boxes showing you the positions of the panoramas.
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