Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Curiosity's photographic capabilities

Less than impressed by the first photos from Curiosity?

Gizmodo reports:
A lot of people are wondering why the first colour image from the Mars Curiosity Rover looks so murky. Or why the black and white pictures look so low-resolution and out of focus in some areas. Calm yourselves. They will look absolutely amazing soon, perfect and in high-def.

There’s a perfectly good reason why they look so bad now.

Today’s image — Curiosity’s first colour snap was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), which, though clearly capable of photographing thehorizon, is really designed to take close up pictures of martian rocks and soil. MAHLI is part of a Swiss-army-ish gadget arm that has five more instruments.
Read more at Gizmodo

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