Curiosity Has A Rest To Do Asteroid Gazing

Curiosity Has A Rest To Do Asteroid Gazing

Asteroids Imaged From Mars.jpg


It is incredible that we can send a rover to Mars and that the rover is able to star gaze better than most of us can achieve here on Earth. This picture shows the asteroids Ceres and Vesta as taken by the Curiosity rover on Mars. The rover was checking the clarity of the sky that can be effected by water-ice clouds. At the time it looked up it was able to image the asteroids and the moon Deimos during a 12 second exposure using the camera on Curiosity’s mast. It just goes to show what an effect light pollution has on us here on Earth. Although the asteroids are closer to Mars of course.


To learn more:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-126&rn=news.xml&rst=4121


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M

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