“The scene was so beautiful it couldn’t be captured,” NASA says.
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Dear Earth. It’s been more than nine years since I landed on Mars. Gale Crater is very beautiful. I wish you were here Love, curiosity
NASA’s Curiosity rover is climbing Mount Sharp. The rover takes pictures of its natural surroundings as it leaves, and one particular scene captured its operators’ imaginations back on Earth. “The mission team was so inspired by the beauty of the landscape, they combined two versions of the black-and-white images from different times of day and colors to create a rare postcard from the Red Planet,” said NASA JPL. A statement on Tuesday.
The image is created from two sets of mosaics Curiosity captured at dawn and dusk Mars time on Nov. 16. As NASA noted, “the scene was so beautiful that it could not be captured in the highest quality that navigation cameras are capable of.”
This picture isn’t quite an accurate representation of what humans would see if they stood next to Curiosity. NASA said the blue, orange and green colors represent the scene seen at different times of the day, making it an “artistic re-creation.”
Line of sight is a look down the slopes of Mount Sharp. The rover has been rolling its way up the mountain since 2014, probing the planet’s geology, atmosphere and history. Curiosity is trying to answer the question of whether Mars may be capable of supporting microbial life.
You don’t need to be a planetary geologist to appreciate the visual poetry of the rover, an ode to a world that is both familiar and foreign. As tweeted by the Curiosity team, “There is beauty all around us if we allow ourselves to be inspired.”