See Mars in a Billion Pixels

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See Mars in a Billion Pixels

NASA today released a 1.3-billion-pixel panoramic image of Mars (a tiny portion of which you see here), made by weaving together more than 850 frames that the Curiosity rover shot last fall. These raw images have been freely available, and NASA says Curiosity fans around the world have made at least one martian gigapixel image themselves. However, the agency's official creation reveals a full 360-degree view of Curiosity's position at a location called Rocknest. You can see Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination, in the distance, or zoom in on small rocks in the foreground.

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