Rover Sends Back An Incredible Photo From The Surface Of Mars

By Josh Tyler | 9 years ago

So much of the time the photos NASA sends back from Mars are vague snapshots of dust or closeups of bland pebbles. But not this time. The following photo was captured by NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity and it just may be the most beautiful image yet captured on our nearest neighbor’s planetary surface…

The photo was taken using a panoramic camera in the late Mars afternoon (around 4:30 to 5:00 pm Mars time). Here’s the catch… that’s not how it would actually look to the human eye. The image was captured using different filters which were combined to make this mosaic view. NASA admits all of this on their official site so it’s no like they’re trying to fool anyone, but, here’s my question: Why can’t NASA ever just take an actual, you know, a really good one shot no filter photo?

This is an ongoing problem with our space agency. They either take fuzzy photos which look like crap or stunning photos which are only stunning because they’re put together using fancy image tricks and wizardry. We can send a probe to Mars but we can’t seem to take a decent picture of it, at least not without cheating. Baffling. The next time we send up a Mars rover someone remember to duct tape on a Kodak.