Curiosity also produced a lower-resolution, almost 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover's deck and robotic arm. It carries 650 million pixels and also shows the rover's robot arm and deck.
The Curiosity team just released a 1.8-billion-pixel panorama that features Glen Torridon, a region on the flanks of Mars' 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp that the rover has been exploring recently. The Curiosity camera team planned the images for the four days of the Thanksgiving holiday past year.
For four straight days, the rover shot took a photo from 12 noon and 4 p.m. neighborhood time so the lights could be consistent across the snapshots. "This is the first time during the mission we've dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama", he said. It is the highest resolution panorama that the space agency has produced of the wild Martian landscape.
The new photo is a composite of more than 1,000 images that Curiosity snapped between November 24 and December 1, 2019, when the rover team was taking a break for Thanksgiving.
Those images were later assembled by NASA to create an insanely detailed panorama.
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Nasa's director of science, Thomas Zurbuchen, announced the victor on Thursday. "Panoramas like this are like a window to a different world", Vasavada says, which is true, positive, however, once you open a window to Mars, don't count on us to offer a shit until there are alien craft buzzing round or reptilian shapeshifters hanging out on the horizon.
The Curiosity landed in the supersized Gale Crater on Mars and has been roaming inside it doing experiments.
Three other missions are due to leave for Mars this year, including a rover from China and an orbiter from the United Arab Emirates.
Like NASA's Red Planet Rover, Mars 2020 is getting moniker by a student naming competition.
Organic compounds called Thiophenes -found on Earth in coal, crude oil and oddly enough, in white truffles-were also recently discovered on Mars.
It may be possible to get further evidence when the next rover, the Rosalind Franklin, touches down on Mars.
The car-sized machine has been trundling around Mars' Gale crater for over seven years now. You can read it here.