If you squint very hard and move your face towards your computer screen, you’ll see something truly remarkable.
You might not know it, but the blue-ish, purple-ish dot in the center of the above photograph is so much more than just a dot — it’s NASA’s Curiosity rover as seen from the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
According to NASA, the image, taken earlier this month, was captured using a High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.
The image shows the 10-foot-long, 9-foot-wide rover located on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp, looking like a little blue ant while surrounded by a rocky terrain. And if you’re wondering why the photograph’s hues look so vivid, it’s because the colors were enhanced to really make the rover and the surrounding surface more visible. Read more…