In February 2016, NASA has released an interactive 360-degree image of Mars, and you can see it on the popular video uploading site youtube. You can see our neighbor planet’s surface with your own eyes, in ultra HD!
The component images of this scene were are taken at the downwind face of “Namib Dune” on Dec. 18, 2015, by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover during the 1,197th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars. They include a portion of Mount Sharp(see notes 1) on the horizon. You can use the arrows in the top left, or click and drag your cursor or mouse, to move the view up/down and right/left.
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The rover’s location is in the dark-sand “Bagnold Dunes” field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. Images taken from orbit indicate that dunes in the Bagnold field move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year.
Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). As of March 28, 2016, Curiosity has been on Mars for 1295 sols (1330 total days) since landing on August 6, 2012.
By the summer of 2016, NASA hope to release a complete virtual reality Mars simulator.
- Mount Sharp, officially Aeolis Mons is a mountain on Mars. It forms the central peak within Gale crater and is located around 5.08°S 137.85°E, rising 5.5 km (18,000 ft) high from the valley floor. Curiosity landed in “Yellowknife” Quad of Aeolis Palus, next to the mountain, on August 6, 2012.