You really need traditional red-blue 3-D glasses to appreciate the image below fully. If you have them, put the red side over your left eye. But it’s a pretty cool image without the glasses, too – a 3-D image from NASA’s Curiosity on Mars.
Curiosity obtained these images of its landing site – which space scientists are now calling the Bradbury Landing site after Ray Bradbury, whose 1950 short story collection The Martian Chronicles probably inspired more than a few of these scientists. Curiosity’s Navigation camera used its left and right “eyes” to capture the image.
Between the rover on the right, and its shadow on the left, looms the rover’s eventual target: Mount Sharp. But before it goes there, it’s taking a detour toward another place of interest nearby, called Glenelg.
This full-resolution, 360-degree stereo panorama was taken on Sols 2 and 12 of the mission – that is, on the 2nd and 12th Martian days since Curiosity landed within the Gale Crater – or on August 8 and 18, 2012 according to earthly calendars.
Bottom line: Cool 3-D image from Curiosity rover on Mars!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.