- May 10, 2008
- Reaction score
- Dallas, TX
For reference, here's an earlier photo from Curiosity with the different color balances applied:As it says in the end of the video, the colors were white-balanced to appear as if it was on Earth, to help geologists identify stuff.
So, nope. Not true color.
I can, however, make a prediction that this or similar image would end up on conspiracy theorists's sites with claims of coverup of... something... on Mars.
I believe all the color processing is done on Earth, so it should be possible to build a version of that panorama with "as seen by the human eye" white balance instead of "assume that the ambient light is white" white balance.