Martian 360 Degree Panoramic By The Curiosity Rover.
The Curiosity Rover, operated by the NASA, sends back loads of data from the red planet. This time it sent a bunch of images that the space agency was able to stitch together into a 360-degree panoramic image. To make the image a full sphere we had to add more to the sky. Check out the 360-degree panoramic below of the rover at the Namib Dune.
Curiosity‘s design will serve as the basis for the planned Mars 2020 rover. In December 2012, Curiosity‘s two-year mission was extended indefinitely.
“This view of the downwind face of “Namib Dune” on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon. The site is part of the dark-sand “Bagnold Dunes” field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. Images taken from orbit indicate that dunes in the Bagnold field move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year.
The component images of this scene were taken on Dec. 18, 2015, by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover during the 1,197th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars.
The bottom of the dune nearest the rover is about 23 feet (7 meters) from the camera. This downwind face of the dune rises at an inclination of about 28 degrees to a height of about 16 feet (5 meters) above the base. The center of the scene is toward the east; both ends are toward the west.
A color adjustment has been made approximating a white balance, so that rocks and sand appear approximately as they would appear under Earth’s sunlit sky. A brightness adjustment accommodates including rover hardware in the scene.
The mission’s examination of dunes in the Bagnold field, along the rover’s route up the lower slope of Mount Sharp, is the first close look at active sand dunes anywhere other than Earth.
Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover’s Mastcam. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover. For more information about Curiosity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.”
For more information and up to date notifications of Curiosity’s adventures on the planet visit http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/. You can also visit the Wikipedia page set up for Curiosity at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_(rover). All images on this page are copyright to NASA and/or JPL. We photoshopped in some sky to make the image 360 x 180 degree to be viewed in a spherical projection.