Curiosity Snaps High Resolution Panoramic Pictures of Mars
NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in year 2012. Since then it has been sending from Mars some very stunning photos of the planet. But this time it is even better, a panoramic picture made up of almost 1200 images.
These images were taken by Curiosity using the telephoto lens on the rover’s Mast Camera. Altogether it contains around 1.8 billion pixels. Another smaller panoramics picture showing the rover’s robotic arm and deck was also produced using the rover’s medium-angle lens. This smaller picture contains almost 650 million pixels.
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While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes. This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s Project Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
These images were captured over a span of four days. In order to have a consistent lighting across the photos, the Curiosity shot these images between noon and 2 p.m. local time. These pictures disclose Curiosity’s current home on Mars i.e. Glen Torridon, a region near Mount Sharp named after Scotland’s Northwest Highlands.
Glen Torridon is full of clay mineral deposits. It is located in a vast and dry ancient lake bed called the Gale Crater. The crater has a 16,404-foot mountain at its center.