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New Curiosity Image Reminds Us That Mars Is a Truly Beautiful Place

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It may be bitterly cold, devoid of breathable oxygen, and baked in deadly radiation, but Mars has an undeniable charm....
New Curiosity Image Reminds Us That Mars Is a Truly Beautiful Place

A new image captured by NASA's Curiosity rover and colorized by mission team members is testament to the Red Planet's aesthetic brilliance.

To be clear, this image is not a true portrayal of how the scene would be viewed through human eyes. In a news release, NASA describes it as an "artistic interpretation" created by Curiosity mission team members who were "stunned by the sweeping landscape." The image is an amalgam of two black-and-white photos taken at different times of the Martian day, providing "contrasting lighting conditions that brought out a variety of landscape details," according to NASA.

That said, I can't imagine that this view, as seen from high up on Mount Sharp, would be any less spectacular if viewed in the flesh. Curiosity has been climbing this mountain for the past seven years, and its view of the Martian landscape only seems to get better the higher it goes.

Indeed, the rover's current perspective has…
George Dvorsky, George Is A Senior Staff Reporter At Gizmodo.
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