NASA’s Curiosity rover took this selfie on Oct. 11, 2019.
NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has captured the most detailed ever panoramic images of the red planet.
The image (below) is composed of over 1,000 images snapped between November 24 and December 1, 2019, but has only now been published by NASA. The incredible image—which shows a panorama of the Glen Torridon a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is now exploring—took more than 6.5 hours of exposures over four days.
The photos were taken between noon and 2 p.m. local Mars time each day to ensure the lighting was consistent in the final panorama.
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The image—compiled since December 2019—was taken using the telephoto lens on rover’s Mast Camera. Its medium-angle lens was also used to produce a lower-resolution 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover’s deck and robotic arm.
The images were taken over Thanksgiving in the US. “While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which leads the Curiosity rover mission. “This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.”
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Curiosity also took a 1.3-billion-pixel panorama using its Mast cameras in 2013 (above), which was also published by NASA with a pan-and-zoom tool.
The Curiosity rover was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011 and landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012.
Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.