The Mars Curiosity rover has lent earthlings a 360 degrees virtual view of the Red Planet. Now you can tour the planet without getting up from your seat.
NASA posted an illustration of the landscape of Mars that has been taken from a 360 degree multi-angularity view. The image was on its Facebook page and has intrigued all the stargazers and those passionate about planets.
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Now viewers can explore Mars via their smart phones. It is a wonderful example of mankind’s powers whereby we can vicariously experience anything in the near universe through our scientific media. It is indeed a possibility that our descendants may actually go to other planets such as Mars.
The Mars Curiosity Rover actually didn’t have a 360 view camera facility. So the image had to be manually composed by a member of NASA. It took a collation of many high resolution images. And although the result looked haphazard, it was the best we have had so far.
A novel version of the image was uploaded on YouTube. It looks decent enough. The spherical image shows the Rover parked in the Namib Dune. This is part of the Bagnold Dunes. These structures go on for miles around the foothills of Mount Sharp.
The strong winds on Mars causes these dunes of red dust to shift by three feet per year. The Curiosity Rover has been present on Mars since the past four odd years.
So far it has examined methane, liquid water and much more on the Martian surface. If this mission continues to delve into the mysteries of the Red Planet for half the time of the Opportunity Rover, it could yield very valuable evidence of unknown things.
The panoramic view of Mars is a delight and a pleasure to see. It is best seen via the YouTube application. And there is even a Rover Selfie among the surprises that NASA has in store for its space addicts.
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The Curiosity Rover landed on Mars via a sky crane. It has a long way ahead of it during which it will be making discoveries galore. The entire history of Mars will be laid open by this probe.