A few weeks ago, NASA’s robotic Mars explorers had an unscheduled day off due to the solar conjunction on Mars, which disrupted communication with Earth. Before this pause, the Curiosity rover was parked, but its the cameras continued to shoot. It happened for the first time in history recording the course of a Martian day 12 hours long.

According to NASA, Curiosity was instructed to record twelve-hour sequences a few days before the conjunction began in mid-November. The intention was to find out whether it can capture any weather phenomena, which could appear. That didn’t happen in the end, but the images that Curiosity took on November 8 are also very interesting and valuable. They were published as two videoswhich show front and rear camera view.

At the same time, Curiosity usually uses the mentioned cameras to avoid terrain that could be dangerous. But when the rover parked before a hiatus that lasted from November 11 to 25, the cameras could use for another type of observation. Curiosity was recording from its position at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After a break, it returned to its normal activities along with the other Martian explorers.

Source: engadget.com