NASA's Curiosity Rover Shares 1.3 Billion Pixel Mars Panorama

Posted on June 19, 2013

Mars Rocknest billion pixel panorama from Curiosity Rover


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has provided a 1.3 billion pixel view from the surface of Mars. The image is of the Rocknest site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand. Nearly 900 exposures taken by cameras onboard Curiosity were used to create the image. The images were taken on several different Mars days between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. The panorama can be explored with pan and zoom tools at: mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/interactives/billionpixel/.

Bob Deen of the Multi-Mission Image Processing Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif, said in a statement, "It gives a sense of place and really shows off the cameras' capabilities. You can see the context and also zoom in to see very fine details."

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS