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.
The curiosity rover is about the size of a car and is exploring select parts of the Red Planet, Mars, as part of NASA‘s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral (LC-41), Florida on November 26, 2011 on board an Atlas V rocket. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 and as of Feb 7, 2016 has spend a total of 1280 days on the Martian planet, performing experiments, taking measurements and of course taking photos. The Curiosity rover has even sent back a very cool “selfie” (click link to see full resolution image).
The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of 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 future human exploration.
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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.
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.