NASA has published a stunning 360-degree view atop Mont Mercou of the Curiosity Mars rover. The panorama is stitched together from 132 individual images taken on April 15, 2021, the 3,090th Martian day (or sol) of the mission. You can see the amazing panorama by using the arrows in the top left on the video, or by clicking (or touching) and dragging your cursor or mouse, moving the view up/down and right/left.
The images have been white-balanced so that the colors of the rock materials resemble how they would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth. Images of the sky and rover hardware were not included in this terrain mosaic (they appear black).
Mont Mercau is a small stratified cliff about 7 meters (23 feet) high and 15 meters (50 feet) long. It offers a great view of Gale Crater below.
At the start of March, the Curiosity began approaching an impressive rock formation that scientists dubbed “Mont Mercou”, a nickname taken from a mountain in France, located near the village of Nontron in the southeast of the country.
Then the Martian rover climbed on top of the cliff and provided the amazing panorama above (and below).
Curiosity Rover’s selfie with Mont Mercou
Previously, on March 30, 2021, NASA has published a selfie of the Curiosity Mars Rover with Mont Mercou.
- Curiosity’s 360-degree View Atop ‘Mont Mercou’ on the NASA website
- NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Takes Selfie With ‘Mont Mercou’ on the NASA website