NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s YouTube page uploaded a video that details more of the panorama image narrated by Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Recently taken on March 4, NASA released the 1.8-billion-pixel photo of Mars shot by the Curiosity rover, being the “largest and highest-resolution” panorama to date. The photo reveals “Glen Torridon” region on the side of Mar’s Mount Sharp.
Composed of over 1,000 images captured since November 24 to December 1, the image was seamed together in the following months, in which the Curiosity rover’s camera used a telephoto lens to produce the panorama. It took more than six hours over the span of four days to complete the photo, with the shots taken consistently between noon and 2 p.n. local Mars time every day to ensure the lighting of the photos were similar.
“This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama,” Vasavada shared, adding that the rover is “not done making tracks yet” and still continues to do so after trekking for seven years already on Mars.