If someone had told me five years ago that, as a reporter, I would need to keep some 3-D glasses handy to cover NASA (or that I’d be covering it at all), I’d have thought they were a bit narrow in scope regarding their prediction ... and completely wrong.
Well, the Mars rover Curiosity has sent down yet another 3-D image — this time from the rover’s Bradbury landing site, and as the rover instructs via Twitter, it’s worth having some 3-D glasses handy:
Get out your red cyan glasses, folks. This 3D image was taken of Bradbury Landing inside Gale Crater 1.usa.gov/Qjd52U— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) September 4, 2012
The rover has also taken a sample of the Martian atmosphere using its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The sample was taken overnight — in Mars days — between Sept. 2 and 3.
The rover has also been traveling the surface on its way toward its eventual destination, Mount Sharp. The latest drive, Sept 1, was 98 feet and included a test of Curiosity’s “visual odometry,” which allows it to determine how far it has driven. The wheels leave behind a pattern (which spells “JPL” in morse code) that allows the rover and engineers on Earth to determine how far the rover has gone.
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