Stunning new colour mosaic image from Curiosity rover on Mars

A portion of the new colour mosaic taken by Curiosity inside Gale crater.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

The views from the Curiosity rover just keep getting better and better. The first high-resolution colour mosaic image has just been sent back to Earth and it is stunning.

The mosaic is composed of 79 individual images taken by the rover’s Mastcam cameras. The colours are very close to what a person would see standing on Mars, as the cameras use the same technology in camcorders and cell phones. Black areas are portions of the mosaic where image data is still missing and will be filled in later.

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Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.