It’s been a full five days since NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover landed on the Red Planet’s surface. At first, it sent a few low resolution black and whilte pictures, but now the rover has sent back its first batch of color pictures, which make up a 360 degree panorama of the Gale Crater landing site.
Now, all signs are good for the $2.5- (€2.05-) billion rover, which has passed all its systems checks and has been deemed fully operational. Aside from just taking pictures, Curiosity is also equipped with a complete astrobiology lab, which will enable it to analyze the chemical composition of the nearby rocks in great detail, to verify once and for all whether or not there is water on Mars’ surface.
We are really looking forward to the next batch of pictures, to give us a better view of what the surface of Mars is really like, and, hopefully, everything will go smoothly, so that the NASA team can gather all the necessary data.