Curiosity has transmitted the first set of pictures to NASA, it looks redish. And a bit lonely, atleast till now 😛

The Navigation Cameras have been activated and they are transmitting perfect images down to Earth.

There are normal/picture cameras on the rover apart from the many chem cameras etc.
The two have been placed next to each other as eyes of the rover.

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

The left one had a little issue when started, but became fine after a while. The right eye has been fine.

And these are just some of the pictures Curiosity will be sending back home for some time, these are some really nice pictures!


Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)The first two images sent by the left Navcam—on the left—looked black and showed a weird artifact. The rest of the pictures look perfect.

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)Both navigation cameras are operative now.

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

MARDI has also taken images of the ground under the rover:

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

They have also created new low-resolution panoramas made from the thumbnails obtained by the Navcams.

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

Here’s a preview of what the panorama will look like when done. It’s made partially with low resolution images:

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

Even more spectacular is the spherical projection of the panorama, showing Curiosity in full:

Curiosity Opens Her Eyes for the First Time (Updated With Panorama Images)

The NASA team is pointing out that this looks very Earth-like. An image that could have been taken at the Mojave Desert, California.

The photos also reveal surface areas that have been excavated by the thrusters of the sky crane. This is a bonus, as we can see things without even having to start scooping material. NASA’s scientists say that they can see bedrock under the gravel.

they can see bedrock under the gravel.

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