NASA’s Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Aug. 9, 2018, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge. The panorama is pretty fantastic, and it’s even better when viewed in the 360-degree layout provided by YouTube. Removing all the distortion, you can actually look around and examine anything you want, including the rover itself.

The panorama includes skies darkened by a fading global dust storm and a view from the Mast Camera of the rover itself, revealing a thin layer of dust on Curiosity’s deck. In the foreground is the rover’s most recent drill target, named “Stoer” after a town in Scotland near where important discoveries about early life on Earth were made in lakebed sediments.

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New 360 panorama of Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Those “umber skies” are still pretty dusty, but they’re a whole lot brighter than they were a few weeks back when the planet-wide dust storm was still at full strength.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. WOW!!. It still works.
    The sun on Mars is 50% smaller. The sunlight on Mars is like the light of any sunset on our planet Earth. Its a dark orange hue (ocher color) and the ambient light is as if it were in mid-light. In the photo you can see the very rusty curiosity. The light Martian atmosphere is very corrosive and a working microwave by solar radiation. The Solar radiation (hits the Martian ground) originates sandstorms that may be long suspended in the light Martian atmosphere; and completely cover the entire planet.

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