You might be living with the illusion that if you hide, you will no longer be seen, but there is always a satellite watching each of your moves. That is something you have in common with Mars. The Red Planet is orbited by a spacecraft that took a picture of the long-running NASA Curiosity rover doing its job on the mountain Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp and nicknames “Woodland Bay.”
The NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image that was recently released allows you to see the head of the Rover, a bright spot that is most likely its remote sensing mast. According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA, the Rover was facing 65 degrees counterclockwise from the north at the moment it has been photographed, and because of that, the bright spot is produced by the mast.
Look how photogenic the Curiosity Rover is on Mars
The mountain measures 5 kilometers (3 miles) and it is located inside of the Gale Crater which is also the landing region of the NASA rover that weighs two tons. It analyzes the layers of rock from the Mount Sharp so scientists can get to know the history of the region and its water. Curiosity, the Rover, is close to discovering some.
Thanks to its bright reflection, the Curiosity could be spotted because the light showed up well in the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera of the MRO. Even small dunes and dust devil shadows can be picked up by the camera of The University of Arizona because it is so sensitive. In 2012, the HiRISE also got a picture of the parachute Curiosity used to descend to the surface in the last month of that summer.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.