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Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

1 Nov 2017, 16:40 UTC
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU

Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing.

These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images Curiosity takes every year: The rover can look at Mars with special filters helpful for identifying some minerals, and also with a spectrometer that sorts light into thousands of wavelengths, extending beyond visible-light colors into infrared and ultraviolet. These observations aid decisions about where to drive and investigations of chosen targets.

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