After almost 9 months and travelling over 352 million miles NASA’s Rover Curiosity has delivered what was eagerly expected. The Rover sent its first color image that showcases the Gale crater where it landed. The hazy image also reveals mountains in the background. MAHLI- Mars Hands Lens Imager captured the hazy afternoon view on the first day of its landing. Image murkiness is because of dust blown upon the removable dust cover.
A thick coating of dust has settled on the dust cover of the camera during rover’s terminal descent. Next week images without the dust cover are expected. When the robotic arm, MAHLI and turret are arranged or stowed; images will add more depth and be sharper. MAHLI is expected to take exceptional high resolution images of soil and rocks at Rover’s Gale crater site.
The camera is capable of focusing on a target at a distance of 2.1 cm to infinity. Mission Manager Mike Watkins said” We have ended one phase of the mission much to our enjoyment. But another part has just begun”.