Wednesday, August 15, 2012
My Favorite Mars Rover Photography Links
The Olympics aren't the only out-of-this world visual spectacle going on these days. As promised, here are a few of my favorite links to the photographic story of NASA's Curiosity rover. The device began beaming back images of the red planet shortly after touchdown. For a look at the first color image of mars, as well as a great breakdown of the camera tech included on the rover, check out an interesting piece at DPreview. The best one-stop location for all sorts of interesting mission information and every awesome photograph sent back from the rover, check out Spaceflight101. It's a repository for space exploration information in general, and the mission updates from Mars is the perfect place to find every high-quality image that NASA has released. Lastly, if you're curious about Curiosity's camera technology, check out this interview with the camera project manager, Mike Ravine, who discusses how and why the camera was selected for the mission—and why it's only 2 megapixels. Being able to see these images almost immediately as they happen, and to dig into the technology with those who really are hands on with the project, serves as a reminder about just what an exciting time it is in the world of photographic technology.