Curiosity Update – The Mars Report – August 28, 2012

Welcome my friends, my contributors, my followers and my readers to the newest edition of ‘The Mars Report’ here at The Other Shoe.  We have here today a collection of four photographs from curiosity on Mars.  Our first picture is not the best to start was, but if you click on the image I think you will agree this is a spectacular image.  This is a 360° view around the rover Curiosity.


Curiosity 360 surround shot

This is a composite image showing a 360 degree view around the rover Curiosity

(Click on Image to See Enlarged View of Horizon)


Our next image today comes from the camera can OM.  This can camera uses a laser to literally smell rocks.  This ChemCam can discern the minerals with dinner rock from a great distance.  From what we’re being told, they can cam is going to get a lot of work on this mission.  In the shot we see a picture of the area the rock was in, and then a close-up of the rock that ChemCam smelled.


ChemCam shot of target rock.

This is a image showing a ‘target rock’ in the distance. This rock is about to be struck with a high powered laser aboard Curiosity.


This is a picture of the Head Mast from the rover Curiosity taken while it was here on earth.  You can see; the navigational cameras, the chemical camera, and 2 ports for laser sighting.  You will not often see this Head Mast in pictures from Mars.  This is because where most pictures are taken is the Head Mast.  However, NASA frequently takes pictures, from other cameras, to make sure there are no problems with the Head Mast.


Head Mast of the Curiosity Rover While on Earth

Head Mast of the Curiosity Rover While on Earth


Saving the most colorful photo for near last, here is a high definition color balanced shot of Mount Sharp.  This is one picture from a high definition composite made earlier last week.  This high definition picture shows in the area of Mount Sharp where Curiosity is set to ascend.  We will be seeing a lot more of Mount Sharp, in the coming weeks.


High Definition Image of Mount Sharp

This is a High Definition Image of Mount Sharp showing the elevation Curiosity will climb, soon.

(High Defenition Image of Mount Sharp-Curiosity’s Next Destination)


Our last picture today is a fun image.  This is another composite image, but one over time not space.  This image shows the front left wheel of the chariot us achieve rover as it we cools in the dirt on Mars.  This series of pictures was taken to make sure that the rover wheel was operating property prior to the rover moving for the first time on Mars.


Dancing Curiosity

This is a composite shot, several iamges taken over time, to show the front left wheel assembly of Curiosity moving. Looks like Curiosity is trying to dance!

(Dancing Curiosity?)

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About Daniel Hanning
I am a; writer, editor and publisher. I write, most often, articles about our space program, fun videos andpolitical works. My most recent additions are; A Week In Review, Sunday Funnies and The Adventures of Nadia. Along with The Mars Report and Lost in Space. ENJOY!

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