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Curiosity captures breathtaking panorama


Posted on Monday, 11 February, 2019 | Comment icon 7 comments

The Martian landscape is eerily similar to a desert landscape on Earth. Image Credit: YouTube / NASA JPL
A panoramic image taken from the slopes of Mount Sharp has revealed the Martian landscape in remarkable detail.
After spending the last twelve months atop Vera Rubin Ridge, the adventurous Mars rover is now heading to a trough known as Glen Torridon to study phyllosilicates - a type of clay mineral.

"In addition to indicating a previously wet environment, clay minerals are known to trap and preserve organic molecules," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada. "That makes this area especially promising, and the team is already surveying the area for its next drill site."

The panorama, which is made up of 122 separate photographs, was captured just before Curiosity headed away from Vera Rubin Ridge. The view includes Glen Torridon and upper Mount Sharp.

"We've had our fair share of surprises," said science team member Abigail Fraeman. "We're leaving with a different perspective of the ridge than what we had before."

To view the panorama, click and drag your mouse while playing the video below.

A full-sized, high-resolution version can be viewed - here.


Source: Astronomy Now | Comments (7)

Tags: Mars, Curiosity

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 11 February, 2019, 20:04
   
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 11 February, 2019, 20:06
Fascinating.  Just hope the crackpots do not start 'spotting' Elvis or Jesus or a frying pan.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hankenhunter on 12 February, 2019, 8:46
It looks...daunting. *shivers*
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hankenhunter on 12 February, 2019, 8:48
Two words. Sharon Stone.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye on 12 February, 2019, 9:37
Too late ...   At least it is something related to 'stone' ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 12 February, 2019, 12:45
300MB picture. I just love it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by tmcom on 14 February, 2019, 10:48
Yes, a high res, image from Curiosity, will wonders never cease.  


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