We propose a method that increases the capability of a conventional sensor, transforming it into an enhanced virtual sensor. This paper focuses on a virtual thermal Infrared Radiation (IR) sensor based on a conventional visual (RGB) sensor. The estimation of thermal IR images can enhance the ability of terrain classification, which is crucial for autonomous navigation of rovers. The estimate in IR from visual band has inherent limitations, as these are different bands, yet correlations between visual RGB and thermal IR images exist, as different terrains, which visually may appear different, also have different thermal inertia. This paper describes the developed deep learning-based algorithm that estimates thermal IR images from RGB images of terrains, providing the feasibility of the idea with average 1.21 error [degree Celsius].