Curiosity Rover Captures Delightful Images of Sunset on Mars

| 8 May 2015 16:05

How romantic!

rsz_marssunset_5

Our fascination with Mars is longstanding, but with the use of NASA's Curiosity rover we've been able to have some very exciting glimpses into the Red Planet. Now, thanks to the rover and the deft work of Damia Bouic, "space imaging enthusiast", we too can experience something else from our neighbor: a beautiful Martian sunset.

The Curiosity rover obtained the images with its Mastcam-100 camera on April 15, 2015. Bouic then took the original images, which came through in black and white, and used her technical prowess to breathe some life and color back into them.

In a blog reposted by The Planetary Society, Bouic explained her editing process.

"These pictures came back to Earth in black and white, with a Bayer matrix.I had to process them through GIMP with GMIC in order to rebuild the colors. A little processing in Pixelmator to remove these ugly white stripes due to overloaded pixels; a little bit of denoising to remove artifacts of the Bayer matrix, and voila!"

Check out the beautiful images of the sunset, and one bonus image from Bouic comparing Mars at midday and sunset, below.

Source: Nerdist

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It looks so... dead. And cold.

Shiftygiant:
Makes me think of this

Makes me think of this

They're beautiful, but also a little eerie. Familiar, but not quite right. I didn't know landscapes could be in the uncanny valley.

Keiichi Morisato:
i would love to view these pictures, if the picture viewer wasn't shit.

Have you considered clicking on the article source then? The one at the bottom of every news article the Escapist ever writes?

i would love to view these pictures, if the picture viewer wasn't shit.

Do they also have pictures of the Space-Mars-Vampires coming out in the night?

I wonder if the re-edited colours are true to life, it is a pleasing shade of blue.

Curiosity Rover Captures Delightful Images of Sunset on Mars

How romantic!

rsz_marssunset_5

Our fascination with Mars is longstanding, but with the use of NASA's Curiosity rover we've been able to have some very exciting glimpses into the Red Planet. Now, thanks to the rover and the deft work of Damia Bouic, "space imaging enthusiast", we too can experience something else from our neighbor: a beautiful Martian sunset.

The Curiosity rover obtained the images with its Mastcam-100 camera on April 15, 2015. Bouic then took the original images, which came through in black and white, and used her technical prowess to breathe some life and color back into them.

In a blog reposted by The Planetary Society, Bouic explained her editing process.

"These pictures came back to Earth in black and white, with a Bayer matrix.I had to process them through GIMP with GMIC in order to rebuild the colors. A little processing in Pixelmator to remove these ugly white stripes due to overloaded pixels; a little bit of denoising to remove artifacts of the Bayer matrix, and voila!"

Check out the beautiful images of the sunset, and one bonus image from Bouic comparing Mars at midday and sunset, below.

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Source: Nerdist

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