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A distant landscape on Mars

Nasa experts release more pictures taken by the rover that landed on Mars

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 11:47 August 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

The base of Mars’ Mount Sharp
  • Image Credit: Reuters/Nasa
  • The base of Mars’ Mount Sharp - the rover’s eventual science destination - is pictured in this August 27, 2012 Nasa handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity’s 100-millimeter Mast Camera on August 23.
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Experts at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, released more pictures taken by the rover, which landed at Gale Crater on the Red Planet on August 6.

One shows a panorama, in pin-sharp resolution showing individual rocks, of the landscape visible from the rover, including Mount Sharp, the slopes of which Curiosity plans to drive toward in the coming weeks and months.

John Grotzinger, the mission’s chief scientist, said the landscape looked like “something that comes out of a John Ford movie”, referring to typical backdrop in films by the classic Western director.

And he compared the tire tracks made by Curiosity, visible in some of the photos, to images of the first footprints on the Moon made by Armstrong, whose death at 82 was announced by his family on Saturday

Comments (2)

  1. Added 20:23 August 29, 2012

    One of the main purpose of Mars exploration is to find out if the Red planet was once a living planet that suffered distruction that led to what it became now and that someday might save our own planet. This is a crucial exploration, not just wasting money.

    JG, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:51 August 29, 2012

    Are we in search of a new home!! What are we trying to find in mars? though space exploration provides us with new informations, is it of atmost emergency now! we can make our own planet a safer and better place with the LITTLE money spent on these missions.

    Ganesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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