The level of detail apparent in this image from Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) shows that haziness in earlier MAHLI images since landing was due to dust that had settled on the dust cover during the landing.
Add image to your album
Email this page Post this page to your Facebook wall Tweet this page

First Image From Curiosity's Arm Camera With Dust Cover Open

The reclosable dust cover on Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) was opened for the first time during the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 8, 2012), enabling MAHLI to take this image.

The level of detail apparent in the image shows that haziness in earlier MAHLI images since landing was due to dust that had settled on the dust cover during the landing.

The patch of ground shown is about 34 inches (86 centimeters) across. The size of the largest pebble, near the bottom of the image, is about 3 inches (8 centimeters). Notice that the ground immediately around that pebble has less dust visible (more gravel exposed) than in other parts of the image. The presence of the pebble may have affected the wind in a way that preferentially removes dust from the surface around it.

Image details

ID#:
PIA16130

Date added:
2012-09-08

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)

Spacecraft:
Curiosity

Instruments:
Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)

Size:
1605 x 1193 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
2,966

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA16130.tif (5.75 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA16130.jpg (0.62 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems