If we lived at least a decade ahead, the following image shared by NASA, taken by the Curiosity rover could well be one of the postcards that the first astronauts on Mars would send their loved ones 399 million kilometers away.
«I am sending you this picture of Mars. Everything looks deserted and although I miss Earth, being here is still fascinating. By the way, what you see in the center is Mount Sharp “, could be the legend that accompanies the hypothetical postcard.
But the image was not sent by an astronaut, but by the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since August 5, 2012. As it passes through the red planet, Curiosity has captured hundreds of images of great scientific interest, but few have the splendor natural photo taken on November 16.
The image was captured by the rover’s navigation cameras, which only take low-resolution black-and-white images. However, when the images reached the eyes of NASA, they ordered Curiosity to return to take more photographs until a panoramic was achieved. Once on Earth, NASA experts were in charge of giving it color.
If you look closely, you will see that the sky has different shades. They are artificial colors that NASA decided to use to represent that the photo was taken at different times, although all on November 16, 2021. It should be noted that on Mars the sky is not blue and not orange, but rather, of a yellowish color, very similar to the one that appears in the upper left part of the photo.
Also, in another trivia detail, the elevation seen to the right of Curiosity is Rafael Navarr Mountain, named by NASA in honor of the Mexican scientist who died on January 28, 2021 and was part of the team that developed Curiosity’s analysis tools.