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Aug 10 2012

Curiosity’s first full-color Mars panorama

Low res, but what are you gonna do for the first set of images the nuclear powered rover has managed to snap? Note that these are in true color, though if what I heard on a mission press conference is any indication, might have been brightened somewhat due to low light conditions when the work started.

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  1. 1
    jackal

    OMG! We sent a robot to another planet and it’s sending us pictures! Science fucking ROCKS! /HadToGetThatOutOfMySystem

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    Yup. I want to send Curiosity (and all its engineers!) fucking love letters, I’m so jazzed about this project.

  3. 3
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]
  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Uh. Weird.

  5. 5
    Vic

    This is awesome.

    However, it makes me want to see a true-color image to get a sense of how red the red planet really is.

  6. 6
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    @Vic #5:

    However, it makes me want to see a true-color image to get a sense of how red the red planet really is.

    Images: Spirit’s panorama list.
    Images: Opportunity’s panorama list.
    Pick a year at the top and ctrl-f to find ‘true’.

  7. 7
    thunk: y'all know ageism is a thing?

    Jason:

    RTGs (used on Curiosity) aren’t nuclear-powered in the same sense as “nuclear fission”. They actually use thermal energy from the emission of alpha particles from Pu-238 (in most cases), and a thermocouple to convert that to electricity.

  8. 8
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Try again: I really liked this, Curiosity’s Descent. Although I now notice it shows up anyway as one of the thumbnails once the video above (which is some weird editing, IMO) ends.

  9. 9
    yellowsubmarine

    Wow. Just, wow.

  10. 10
    leftwingfox

    Thanks for the link, thunk!

    I’ve heard about nuclear lighthouses and probes, but those documentaries never explained exactly how those smaller sources worked.

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