As the nation comes near the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic landing on the moon, we all prepare to celebrate one of the most important moments in human history. Regardless of that, the vessels we have sent out there, keep travelling through space doing what they were designed to. One of said spacecrafts took a couple days ago a really nice picture. Our beloved NASA Curiosity rover, climbing up the Aeolis Mons mountain. Mount Sharp, to be more specific at “Woodland Bay” location. Taking a picture of a “colleague” at work, while orbiting Mars, how cool is that?
Mars picture depicts the Curiosity rover’s head. It is in a particular position that would have allowed for project a bright reflection. Said reflection was captured in this NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has already helped Curiosity before. By finding a nice spot for its landing. Part of its mission is to provide high-resolution imagery. As well as searching for ice and water on the red planet. Something truly remarkable is the fact that It is expected to be operative until the end of 2020. It more than probably will facilitate the rover’s return of Mars samples back to Earth. Indeed, some of its components will surely have to be patched or updated by NASA engineers. But considering that the mission was initially designed for just two years at Mars, it is going well beyond that.
Saying this state of the art spacecraft is well equipped would be an understatement. It has a spectrometer called Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). A radiometer called the Mars Climate Sounder (MCS), and a radar instrument called Shallow Radar (SHARAD). All that, plus a Context Camera, Mars Color Imager (MARCI), and a High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). This one is particularly good at catching reflections, like the one captured in Mars.