Rover Curiosity of NASA has captured on Mars its higher resolution panorama[Puedes verla aquí]. The impressive mosaic is composed of more than 1,000 landscape images, with an incredible resolution of 1.8 billion pixels. The most fantastic of all is that an interactive tool It allows us to move on the ground and approach any point that we find interesting. It’s almost like being there, but without the inconvenience …
The fantastic photo was captured by the telephoto of the Mast camera of the rover (Mastcam), while its mid-angle lens produced another photo of lower resolution, almost 650 million pixels, which includes the platform of the rover and the robotic arm.
Both panoramas show Glen Torridon, a region next to Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. They were taken between November 24 and December 1, when the mission team was on Thanksgiving vacations, and assembled carefully during the following months. With few tasks to do while waiting for the team to return and provide new orders, the rover had a rare opportunity to obtain images of his surroundings from the same point of view several days in a row.
Capturing the individual shots took Curiosity more than six and a half hours for four days. Mastcam operators programmed the complex list of tasks, which included pointing the cell phone mast and making sure the images were focused. To ensure constant lighting, the images were limited between noon and 2 pm local time on Mars each day. This can be seen from the details of the components of the scout vehicle to the craters and mountains in the background.
«Feast for the eyes»
“While many in our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes,” says Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist with the Curiosity Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA, who leads the mission. “This is the first time we have dedicated our operations to a 360-degree stereo panorama.”
In 2013, Curiosity produced a 1.3 billion pixel panorama with both Mastcam cameras. His black and white navigation cameras provided images of the vehicle itself.
Specialists carefully assemble these Martian panoramas by creating mosaics composed of individual images and combining their edges to create a perfect appearance.