posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:19 PM
When Curiosity lands on Mars (what we all hope), don't expect high quality amazing images the minute it landed.
I read that the best we can get right after a successful landing is some tiny/grayscale thumbnail pictures from the "hazcams".
"A set of low-resolution gray scale Hazcam images will be acquired within minutes of landing on the surface," said Justin Maki of NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Once all of the critical systems have been checked out by the engineering team and the mast is deployed,
the rover will image the landing site with higher-resolution cameras."
The very first images are likely to arrive more than two hours after landing, due to the timing of NASA's signal-relaying Odyssey orbiter. They will
be captured with the left and right Hazcams at the back and front of the rover, and they will not yet be full-resolution (the two images arriving on
Earth first are "thumbnail" copies, which are 64 by 64 pixels in size
Once engineers have determined that it is safe to deploy the rover's Remote Sensing Mast and its high-tech cameras, a process that may take several
days, Curiosity will begin to survey its exotic surroundings.
At this point, all we want is the rover arriving well....but for potential spectacular new high-res image we might have to wait a few days.
edit on 5-8-2012 by flexy123 because: (no reason given)