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NASA creates 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama, thanks to Curiosity

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NASA creates 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama, thanks to Curiosity

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly referred to as NASA, has unveiled a 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama, courtesy of the beloved Curiosity rover.

Panoramas are becoming more popular in recent times because they are displaying more information and show us how it would feel like to have better eyes, with an improved field of view and enhanced focusing capabilities.

1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama
NASA has stitched together about 900 shots sent back by the Curiosity rover, creating a 1.3-gigapixel panorama of Mars. Credits: NASA. (Click to enlarge).

NASA’s 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama makes the Red Planet look even more astounding

Space fans love Mars pictures sent back by Curiosity, the rover which has been roaming the neighboring planet since August 2012. NASA has decided to surprise its admirers with a huge panorama of the Red Planet, allowing them to examine it in detail.

The 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama has been stitched together from about 900 shots and it is available at NASA’s website, allowing internet users to pan and zoom in on the planet.

Exploring Mars is no easy task, but Curiosity continues to carry on with her job and, as a result, we can watch the so-called Rocknest area as well as Mount Sharp, aka Aeolis Mons, the 10th tallest mount on the Red Planet with an elevation of 18,000 feet / 5,500 meters.

NASA was able to create the billion-pixel panorama using shots sent by the Curiosity rover

Landscape photography is also not very easy in those conditions, but NASA scientists have worked hard to prove the world that Curiosity’s cameras are very powerful.

The leader of the Multi-Mission Image Processing Laboratory team, Bob Deen, has confirmed that 850 shots have been captured by the Mast Camera, 21 by the secondary Mast Camera, which features a wide-angle lens, and 25 by the Navigation Camera, which takes black-and-white shots.

According to NASA’s press release, all images included in the 1.3-gigapixel Mars panorama have been captured between early October 2012 and mid-November 2012.

Curiosity’s RAW shots allow anybody to create Mars panoramas

It is worth noting that the administration is constantly uploading RAW images at its website. This has allowed photographers to create their own Mars panoramas.

Andrew Bodrov has developed an impressive 4-gigapixel shot using 407 frames from Curiosity. The photographer’s panorama also depicts Mount Sharp and it provides pan & zooming techniques.

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