Just because you can’t take a file Shuttle to Mars Absolutely not yet mean that you can still roam the Red Planet. NASA released this week Video View a panoramic tour of the planet’s surface using images taken by the Curiosity rover, which is celebrating its ninth year on Mars this month.
The rover captured the 360-degree view on July 3 near “Mount Rafael Navarro,” a hill that NASA named after the astrobiologist who worked on the mission who died in January. Made up of 129 individual images grouped together, the panorama was color-balanced white to replicate how Mars appears under the daylight we’re used to here on Earth, NASA said in Press release. You can check out the video tour below:
The rover has been lounging around Gale Crater, a 96-mile-wide (154-kilometre) basin on Mars, since it first landed in 2012. Around this time of year, the planet’s winter, the characteristic red haze of dust cleared surrounding Mars slightly, giving Curiosity a clear view of the crater floor and the 16 miles (25.7 kilometers) it traveled during its mission.
These snapshots also provide some interesting insights into how the planet’s environment has evolved over millions of years. Previously, the area that Curiosity explored was dominated by mud-rich rocks that formed in lakes, but now it finds rocks full of salty minerals called sulfates.
“The rocks here will begin to tell us how this once-wet planet has changed to dry Mars today, and how long habitable environments persist even after this happens,” said Abigail Freeman, Curiosity’s deputy project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In this ancient Martian environment, scientists believe that life may have existed on this planet, which is why Curiosity and NASA’s other Mars rover, determinationThe area is combed for clues. Over the next year, NASA said Curiosity will surpass Mount Rafael Navarro and another mountain taller than a four-story building. After that, he will enter the narrow valley before visiting the slope covered with sandstone nickname “”Greenheugh Pedimentwhich were previously summarized in 2020.