NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures First Image Of Asteroids From Mars’ Surface

April 25, 2014 4:38 PM

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures First Image Of Asteroids From Mars’ Surface

The two asteroids, named Ceres and Vesta, are the largest and third-largest bodies respectively in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. In the image, taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on Sunday, both Ceres and Vesta appear as small, faint streaks.

“This imaging was part of an experiment checking the opacity of the atmosphere at night in Curiosity's location on Mars, where water-ice clouds and hazes develop during this season,” Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University and a member of the camera team, said in a statement. “The two Martian moons were...

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