Dust on Rover Curiosity Camera Lenses, Oh No

August 6, 2012

Rover Curiosity lands on mars after 8 1/2 months of travel from our Planet to Mars.  Curiosity landed successfully on Mars, sending first photo, a symbol for amazing success to science. When you look at the images that came in from the front and rear cameras, you can see that their is dust on the lens cover. I first thought to myself, oh no, they didn’t of that.. dough, of course they did. According to what I’ve heard, there is a lens cover that can be removed/replaced/cleaned (don’t know which one is the one though), so in future photos we will not see dust speckles on the photos. Another thing I’ve noticed is that the Rover Curiosity first sends a small thumbnail of the image and then a higher resolution one.

Rover Curiosity first images

One of Rover Curiosity first images (image credit: Nasa)

I”ve also heard about a dust storm in the same area that the rover has landed. One guy at the press asked what compressions was used to send the data from the Rove back to earth, but didn’t get an answer for that. Anyways, I am eager to see the next images that will cover from Curiosity and what new discoveries are made in the following months to come. Rover curiosity was sent to two years mission. There is a lot to wait for and from what I’ve heard from the press release, new images will be sent to earth every day and week, so there is a lot to wait for.

According to video posted at July 22, 2011 on NasaTelevition YouTube channel: There are 17 cameras on the MSL. The camera at the bottom of the MSL takes a video at 5 fps. That should give us a video on how the MSL landed. The camera at the top will help search type of rocks that Nasa scientists want to make chemical analysis on.

Here are some videos of that very first moment..

 Curiosity photos from Mars on Nasa website


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  • Robert F Camacho, CPA

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that there is an issue with the forward camera… something happened when the dust cover was removed. The data coming back from the front facing camera has been compromised in some way. Please update us on NASA TV about this obvious issue.


  • Robert F Camacho, CPA

    son of a gun… I clicked the NASA site for the story, but this comment is not on that site! I hate these redirection sales “story” sites.

  • Idan

    Many people mentioned the dust particles one the lens, but it seems Nasa isn’t concerned about that. I viewed several videos and nothing was mentioned about a problem though. Of course we will need to wait and see future high-resolution photos from Mars taken by the Curiosity rover cameras to know if that’s true or not.