NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has sent back a collection of images that the agency has turned into one incredible panorama.
Get ready to be blown away, because NASA has just released a collection of images from the Mars Curiosity rover stitched into a panorama that allows you to take a look at what it would be like to be on an alien world. The image, embedded at the bottom of this post in video form, show what it would look like if you stood in the Gale Crater on Mars and took a look around.
The Mars Curiosity rover has now spent 1,856 Martian days on the barren sand dunes of the Red Planet, and it currently sits on the ridge of an ancient lake bed. After five long years, NASA has decided to commemorate its accomplishments with a composite photo from images takein October.
You can see the slopes of Mount Sharp, a primary focus of scientists, to the crater floor off int the distance where it landed all those years ago. So take a moment to drink in the panorama below and imagine what it would be like to live in a colony on an entirely new planet.
“A panoramic image that NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover’s 2012 landing, and the towering surroundings,” reads the statement from NASA. “The view from “Vera Rubin Ridge” on the north flank of Mount Sharp encompasses much of the 11-mile (18-kilometer) route the rover has driven from its 2012 landing site, all inside Gale Crater. One hill on the northern horizon is about 50 miles (about 85 kilometers) away, well outside of the crater, though most of the scene’s horizon is the crater’s northern rim, roughly one-third that distance away and 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) above the rover.”