Mars rover sends back colour photo
NASA's new Mars rover has beamed back its first colour photo from the ancient crater where it landed.
The image shows a pebbly landscape and the rim of Gale Crater off in the distance. Curiosity snapped the photo on its first day on the surface after touching down after a dramatic descent Sunday night.
The rover took the shot with a camera at the end of its robotic arm. The landscape looks fuzzy because the camera's removable cover was coated with dust that kicked up during its descent.
Since landing, Curiosity has sent back several black-and-white images of its surroundings, including a mountain view. It is expected to send back sharper pictures of its landing site.
what do you think?
Did I read the monetary amount right? £1.6 BILLION, I know it's probably dollar equivalent but whatever happened to this world reccession we're supposed to be in!
its just been given a parking ticket
Now we littering other planets! Joke
Everything has to be put into perspective, really. This space mission costeth £1,600,000,000. The global recession, on the other hand, has Italy, as one example, in debt by (500 * £1,600,000,000) = £1,000,000,000,000, I think, near enough. Other countries seem to be similarly bankrupt. America, Spain, Britain (we're in debt? Can't remember, think so.) Everywhere else, I think. Wait a second. Where is the Mars photograph? That's not the Mars photograph.
As people elsewhere have pointed out: the money spent on mission wasn't sent up into space. It was spent on Earth, paying wages and developing technologies with potential for commercial applications.
to all the people who keep saying " I thought we are in a recession" that means there is no growth. projects like this help to create growth. come on people, get with the program.