This mosaic was acquired by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Sol 4267 (January 25, 2016). The field of view is approximately 46 degrees showing part of the eastern ridge. The rainbow artifacts seen in the center and left frames of this mosaic reminds us of the complicated process Opportunity uses to obtain color images. Each frame is made in color by stacking three seperate images, each RGB respectively. Because of the time delay between each frame and each filter, the setting sun progresses the shadow across the ridge creating the neat rainbow artifact.
Pancam's 753nm, 535nm, and 432nm filters were used in making this mosaic. Four versions are provided at full resolution: an approximate true color rendering, a false color rendering which enhances the subtle color differences in the scene, a mosaic made from the left eye only, and a stereo anaglyph for 3D viewing through red-blue glasses.
Pancam Instrument Lead
June 16, 2016