See What Mars Actually Looks Like in NASA’s Highest Resolution Photo Ever (Video)
It’s almost like you’re there.
On Wednesday, NASA released its highest-resolution ever photo of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover.
The image shows a landscape not unlike a desert canyon on Earth. But in the Mars photograph, features like a three-mile wide impact crater remind you that it’s a completely different planet.
The panorama is made up of almost 1,200 images, taken during Thanksgiving weekend while the rover was on Mars and the Earth-bound team was celebrating the holidays. While the rover was on Mars it photographed “Glen Torridon,” a clay-bearing region on the side of Mars’ Mount Sharp.
Scientists believe that billions of years ago, this region was the site of lakes and streams.
The photographs were taken between November 24 and December 1 using the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam), which is positioned at a height of six-and-a-half feet.
“While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes," Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity's project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. "This is the first time during the mission we've dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama."
Visitors to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory website can zoom in on the composite image and see Mars in stunning details.