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Mars sunset like you’ve never seen it before (PHOTOS)

Last April 15, three years into its mission, the Mars Curiosity Rover finally sent photos of a Mars sunset. Unfortunately, there was one “problem”: they were in black and white. Not that there is anything wrong with black and white photography of course, but photographer Damia Bouic colorized the photos this week and the final results turned out to be glorious!

She wrote in her blog:

These pictures came back to Earth in black and white, with a Bayer matrix. I had to process them through GIMP with GMIC in order to rebuild the colors. A little processing in Pixelmator to remove these ugly white stripes due to overloaded pixels; a little bit of denoising to remove artifacts of the Bayer matrix, and voila!

UPDATE: NASA has shared their own colorized version. Simply amazing. (Photo at end of post)

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Damia Bouic

The original photos can be found here.

Via Sunset on Mars by Damia Bouic

Here’s NASA’s version, also amazing:

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission’s 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover’s location in Gale Crater.

This is my new desktop wallpaper now. Science is amazing!

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