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NASA Releases Curiosity Rover's 1.8-Billion-Pixel Mars Panorama.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has provided us its sharpest-ever sight of the Red Planet.
The car-sized robot Curiosity’s team just released a 1.8-billion-pixel panorama that shows
Glen Torridon, a region on the flanks of Mars' 3.4-mile-high (5.5 km) Mount Sharp that the

rover has been exploring lately.

Top Image Caption: A small portion of a 1.8-billion-pixel panorama whose composite images were snapped by
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
This recent photo is a composite of more than 1,000 images that Curiosity Rover
captured between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the rover team was on a break for

"While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced

this feast for the eyes,"
 Curiosity Rover project scientist Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's JPL
 (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement Wednesday
(March 4).
"This is the first time during the mission we've dedicated our operations

to a stereo 360-degree panorama," he added.
Curiosity captured the panorama's essential photos using the telephoto lens on the
rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The rover's team organized the photography in advance,
commanding the Rover to take the images between noon and 2 p.m. local Mars time each
day to guarantee consistent lighting conditions, NASA said.
A 2nd panorama that the Curiosity team released today also spotlights Glen Torridon.
This composite picture, obtained using the Mastcam's medium-angle lens, is lower resolution,
sporting "only" 650 million pixels.
A second, 650-million-pixel panorama captured by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019,
shows more of the robot's body. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
These panoramas are easily zoomable, so the embedded images in this article don't
do them justice. To get the full and wide experience, check out the originals via JPL here.
Curiosity Rover touchdown Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater in August 2012,
on a $2.5 billion mission to read the region's past possibilities to host microbial life.
The robot soon found fascinating evidence that Gale Crater hosted a habitable
lake-and-stream setup or a system in the ancient past and that this system probably
persisted for long stretches.
In September 2014, Curiosity approached the base of Mount Sharp, which starts from
Gale's center. Ever since, the nuclear-powered Mars rover has been climbing through
the mountain's foothills, studying the rocks for clues about Mars' long-ago transformation
from a relatively mild and wet world to the freezing cold desert planet we know today.

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