Today’s technology can do amazing things.
Proof of how much mankind has progressed in the last few decades can be found on the surface of Mars, where NASA’s very own Alien rovers explore the red planet’s surface, searching for traces of life, and what Mars was like billions of years ago.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover—a car-sized rover—is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).
Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 15:02 UTC aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC.
The rover’s missions are to investigate the Martian climate and geology; assess whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for human exploration.
The Rover is used as the basis for the planet Mars 2020 Rover. Curiosity has been on Mars for 1950 Sols, or 2003 days as of January 30.
During more than 2000 days the Rover has spent exploring the Martian surface, it has snapped a great number of breathtaking images that have shown us how similar Mars is to Earth.
Thanks to the Curiosity rover, we’ve been able to see Mars from a never-before-seen perspective.
We have been able to identify numerous geological features on Mars, which have helped scientists determine that billions of years ago, the red planet was in fact much more like Earth, with oceans, rivers, and lakes covering its surface.
So, apart from being a mobile scientific laboratory, Curiosity has proven it’s a great photographer too.
Using data provided by Curiosity, photographer Andrew Bodrov has published the first and only 4-billion-pixel panorama image of Mars.
The images for panorama obtained by the two rover’s Mast Cameras:
- Narrow-Angle Camera (NAC), which has a 100 mm focal length
- Medium Angle Camera (MAC), which has a 34 mm focal length
The mosaic, which stretches 90000×45000 pixels, includes 295 images from NAC taken on Sols 136-149 and 112 images from MAC taken on Sol 137.
Here’s the image:
But there are of course other fascinating images that will surely take your breath away.
Here’s a different view:
A selfie on Mars:
Mars+NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover+Night=Breathtaking 360 image.
Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian night. Out of this World by Andrew Bodrov. Artists impression.
Credit: 360pano.eu – 360º VR Photography & Video: