NASA’s rover Curiosity has been exploring the Red Planet for nearly four years and has now made its first-ever images of its surroundings.
But how do we know what’s there?
Curiosity’s camera has the capability to take multiple pictures, but the first one can take only one at a time.
So NASA is using the rover’s onboard computer to process all of the pictures taken by the rover in an attempt to determine the best way to use the images to help us figure out what we need to know about the Red Rock.
The first picture that NASA released this week shows what looks like a rocky outcrop.
Curiosity has a camera that takes one image at atime.
The next picture shows what appears to be a rocky hill.
But the rover has a much better camera that can take several pictures in rapid succession.
“We’re really just getting to the point where we can make more precise measurements and determine how to use them to help figure out the best ways to use these images,” said Matt Stone, the deputy project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
When Curiosity gets the best images, the rover can use those to determine where to find the most likely source of water and minerals, for example.
The next picture, taken just after noon on April 10, shows the rover on the rim of Mount Sharp, a steep outcrop that is about 60 feet (19 meters) high.
That rock is the most eroded part of the Red Moon.
While Curiosity is on the surface, the robot will also use its cameras to study the interior of the rover.
It’s hoped that this will help it determine if the rover is in an area that could be a possible source of liquid water, like the moon’s surface.
NASA has also developed a robotic version of Curiosity called Spirit that is currently working to get the rover to the surface of Mars.
NASA’s robotic rover, Curiosity, has been on the ground for about four years, exploring the red planet for clues about how life might have begun on Earth.
It is expected to be ready to land on Mars in the 2030s.
The rover will continue to explore the Martian surface, and Stone said that the rover team will continue their work as they do on the lander.
He noted that Curiosity’s cameras can only take one picture at a, so it will take at least a few hours to process each image.