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Curiosity Rover sends back images to create 4-gigapixel Mars panorama

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Curiosity Rover sends back images to create 4-gigapixel Mars panorama

Photographer Andrew Bodrov has created an impressive 4-gigapixel panorama photo of Mars by stitching together 407 images taken by the Curiosity Rover.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sent a robotic rover to Mars in August 2012. The Red Planet is now being explored, in the name of humanity, by the so-called Curiosity Rover.

Everybody loves this robot, which sends us photos from its vacation. Actually, it is more of an important mission, but Curiosity does spend her days shooting a lot of photos, just like most people do on their holidays.

The 4-gigapixel Mars panorama created using photos taken by the Curiosity Rover
The 4-gigapixel Mars panorama has been created using 407 photos sent back by the adorable Curiosity Rover. Credits: Andrew Bodrov.

Photographer creates 4-gigapixel Mars panorama using 407 photos sent back by the Curiosity Rover

At the time of writing this article, the Curiosity Rover has been on Mars for more than 229 Sols. People unaware of this fact should know that a day on the Red Planet is about 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth.

Anyway, Andrew Bodrov, a popular photographer who has been capturing panoramas  for more than 12 years, has decided to create a 4-gigapixel panorama photo of Mars using images sent back by the car-sized robot.

The photographer stitched together 407 photos taken by two of the Curiosity Rover’s cameras. The images have been captured over the course of 13 Martian days, between Sols 136 and 149.

Bodrov says that 295 photos were shot with the Narrow Angle Camera, which provides a focal length of 100mm. On the other hand, there is the Medium Angela Camera, which has been used for capturing the other 112 images, with a focal length of 34mm.

The results are pretty amazing, just like all of Bodrov’s panoramic photos. However, the 4-gigapixel Mars panorama is both literally and figuratively “out of this world”.

Mars panorama provides a great view of Mount Sharp

The image includes an impressive view of a Martian mountain, called Mount Sharp, also known as Aeolis Mons. It measures about 18,000 feet and, contrary to popular belief, it is not among the tallest mounts on our neighboring planet.

Mars’s highest mountain is called Olympus Mons and has an elevation of 69,459 feet. According to astronomers, Olympus is the tallest mountain in our Solar System. Isn’t science awesome?

It is worth mentioning that the 4-gigapixel panorama consists of a 360-degree image of Mars, therefore internet users can explore the Red Planet, just like they would study Earth on Google Street View.

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Curiosity Rover sends back images to create 4-gigapixel Mars panorama