Wired has a collection of lesser-seen images from the Mars Curiosity Rover. Over the last year, the incredible rover has drilled into rock, rolled around the surface of the red planet, and taken quite a few striking photos. Here are some good ones.
We think of the Red Planet as red but Curiosity shows that the Martian surface can come in a wide variety of chocolate browns, ruddy pinks, dusty yellows, and even greenish tinges. Here, the rover looks over a small rise towards the foothills of Mount Sharp.
Curiosity inspects a nice rock formation just outside Yellowknife Bay.
Curiosity channels its inner Ansel Adams during its most northern sojourn in Yellowknife Bay.
Wires coil around Curiosity’s intake valve, which allows it to bring samples of the Martian soil to its inner laboratory instruments for analysis.
Drill and Lasers
A line of small holes represent laser shots running up the right side of this image while a larger borehole from Curiosity’s drill occupies the lower left.
The rover keeps a number of instruments on the “hand” of its long arm, seen here.
Looking like a small fence, a row of rocks lines up on the Martian ground.
The intake filter leading to Curiosity’s interior laboratory, which sifts out only the finest dust grains.
The rover looks out over a wide plain to the rim of Gale crater behind it.
A rounded black-and-white shot looking towards Mount Sharp, showing rocks and tracks in the foreground.
On its 85th day on Mars, Curiosity tilted its handheld camera upside down and backwards and snapped a funny-looking selfie.
Curiosity’s handheld MAHLI camera took very high magnification shots of this rock.
Mars is mostly covered in rocks. This small collection is indicative of most of the planet.
Two small brushes help clear the drilling residue from Curiosity’s boreholes.