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.
And these are just some of the pictures Curiosity will be sending back home for some time, these are some really nice pictures!
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.
Both navigation cameras are operative now.
MARDI has also taken images of the ground under the rover:
They have also created new low-resolution panoramas made from the thumbnails obtained by the Navcams.
Here’s a preview of what the panorama will look like when done. It’s made partially with low resolution images:
Even more spectacular is the spherical projection of the panorama, showing Curiosity in full:
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.