A composite of MSL 3d images

3D Views of MSL Hardware on Mars
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

HiRISE has produced 3D stereo anaglyphs from several acquired after the landing of MSL. Some of these image pairs have large stereo convergence angles, which exaggerates the relief.

This exaggeration is useful over very flat terrain like landing sites, but very difficult to view over steep terrains such as Aeolis Mons (Mount Sharp). Warning: the slopes looks about ten times steeper than is really this case.

The first image shows the Curiosity rover, before it moved from its initial landing site. Other cutouts show the impact sites for the descent stage, the backshell and parachute, and the heat shield.

Also shown is a view of Glenelg, the first science target of the mission, where three different geologic or surface units meet. Each of these surface units has a distinct appearance in the stereo anaglyph. Note: Curiosity and its tracks on the left-hand side of the image.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (10 October 2012)