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Sunset behind Gale's western rim, Curiosity sol 587

Sunset behind Gale's western rim, Curiosity sol 587

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NASA / JPL / MSSS / Don Davis

Sunset behind Gale's western rim, Curiosity sol 587
A blue halo surrounds the just-set Sun in this 6-image mosaic taken by Curiosity on sol 587 (April 1, 2014). The Sun has just set behind the tall western rim of Gale crater.

About this mosaic, Don writes: "I am assuming the preliminary release version JPEGs are in this case too blue overall, so I balanced the whole to make the far corners of the sky closer to a neutral gray. The area near the Sun should probably stand out as more blue, as shown here. I have also tried to tease more detail from the foreground to increase the apparent dynamic range of detail, more like how an observer would see it. Camera-induced vertical streaking has been manually suppressed."

See also this version of the Gale crater sunset, assembled by Damia Bouic >

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

Original image data dated on or about April 1, 2014

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