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Curiosity Panorama

Curiosity Panorama

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, February 1, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, environment, adventure

                                                         Gale Crater, Mars (credit: JPL, NASA)

The Curiosity rover has produced a stunning panorama from its position inside Gale Crater on Mars. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a video of the robot's vantage point that looks as if you were standing at the edge of a highway overlook in Arizona. According to the JPL, the rover is inside the crater where the mountains across the crater's floor rise to over a mile high.

Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 and has been studying the geology and chemisty of Gale Crater ever since. The crater was once filled with a long-lived lake fed by rivers that eventually dried under the thin atmosphere and low atmospheric pressure. When this scene was photographed, the air on Mars was so clear a hill outside the crater is easily seen 50 miles distant. The rover was navigating the slopes of Mount Sharp, the crater's central mountain, when the image was captured. In the video, it has been color balanced so rocks appear in the same colors as they would be here on Earth.

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