Mars Curiosity Rover takes stunning panoramic self-portrait

Credit: Andrew Bodrov/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover continues to deliver groundbreaking developments from the red planet nearly every month. In a new update, Curiosity has sent back stunning new panoramic imagery that shows off the truly alien nature of the surface of Mars.

Taken in the Yellowknife Bay region of Mars' Gale Crater, the panoramic image was stitched together by NASA from a series of 130 images created in the first week of February by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast camera and Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). Although this new Curiosity self-portrait bears some resemblance to the earlier one taken back in 2012, there is also an interactive version of that allows you to pan 360 degrees around Curiosity to give you an even better sense of the rover's viewpoint.

For the conspiracy theorists out there, the reason you can't see the MAHLI camera and the robotic arm holding it is because those frames have been removed to produce less cluttered panoramic images. You can take brief interactive trip through the image here.  


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