Mar 10, 2020 - Science

Curiosity rover captures a Martian panorama

 panoramic image of Martian mountains

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The hiking on Mars must be pretty sweet. A new panoramic image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows the mountains of the Red Planet in all their glory.

Why it matters: The 1.8-billion-pixel panorama is the highest-resolution photo of its kind taken by Curiosity so far.

How it works: The panorama — released last week — was created from more than 1,000 photos taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday by Curiosity from its position on the side of Mount Sharp in the Gale Crater.

  • "It required more than 6 1/2 hours over the four days for Curiosity to capture the individual shots," NASA said in a statement.

Go deeper: NASA's next Mars rover is named Perseverance

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