Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bit of trash on Mars, stereo pair

Stereo pair of a patch of pebbles, dust and a scrap of distressed pastic (about 13mm long), using Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). The camera was shifted by about 7mm between the views.

NASA speculates that the plastic was part of the delivery vehicle, presumeably shredded during landing and carried by Curiosity to this location about a half-kilometer from the landing site. But if they know what part it is from, they aren't saying.

(stereo pairs, cross-view)

The trash was unexpectedly spotted at bottom center of this photo of the first scoop of soil. It is more visible in the original full size image.

It was a good opportunity to get a high resolution shot of the pebbles covered, and interspersed with, dust.

The two images were taken about 5 minutes apart, with indirect sunlight.

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