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Curiosity captures breathtaking panorama

February 11, 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)


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


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