Checking in on the Curiosity Rover

Hey, remember that totally awesome thing we did a while ago that we sort of forgot about until being reminded by a post on the Internets? Mars, bitches. (Also, Claire opened a giant can of worms by providing me an “extraterrestrial” category. Curse or praise her as you will.)

After 34 Sols on Mars (a Sol is a Martian day), I’m officially declaring Curiosity to be a moody teenager, as it turned its cameras on itself to photograph, among other things, its underbelly. However, I can honestly say that I don’t know any teenagers posting high-res photos of their bellies to the Internet, though in truth I don’t really know any teenagers. Who knows what the kids are doing these days. Bath salts? What? Get off my lawn!

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Curiosity has also been playing around with its Mastcam. The following image was taken while calibrating the focus of the Mastcam, and the colors were filtered to mimic what the landscape would look like under lighting similar to Earth’s. NASA also posts the raw images of these fancied-up versions for comparison; this transformation probably entails about the same amount of Photoshoppery as the average American vacation photo these days.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

In 29 Sols, the Curiosity moved a whopping 358 feet, which is about half a Chicago block. I’m glad to say I’ve traveled much farther during that time, but I doubt I’ve seen anything so interesting.

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NASA: Mars Science Laboratory