> Right now there are conspirationists claiming Mars photos shown are altered in
> contrast and coloring to show something we can comprehend, that those aren't the true
> colors of Mars. I could research more if I were willing to do it but the truth is I
> don't care. Still, I root for the day this information comes from something other
> than the NASA monopoly and other sources get involved. Something that is happening at
> a slower peace but eventually it will be there.
Yes, it's true. The colors of nearly all Mars images are altered. Curiosity uses filters on its cameras, for its own purposes as well as for us..
Your phone does too, and likely every digital camera you've ever touched. They have to, so that you can comprehend what you're seeing. CCD and CMOS sensors see IR natively.