360Cities PRO member Andrew Bodrov has just published another stunning panorama stitched from images taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars. The rover has been enjoying digging into the Mars surface and has collected some samples of the Martian rocks. Sometimes, 360Cities photographers are out of this world!
NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “John Klein” Drilling Site
This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 177th of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).
The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein”, which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.
The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.
At the bottom of this panorama is the hole in a rock. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity’s 182nd Martian day of operations. The sample-collection hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep. The “mini drill” test hole near it is the same diameter, with a depth of 0.8 inch (2 centimeters).
The images for full panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 113 images taken on Sol 170 and an additional 17 images taken on Sol 176.
We are living in the Social Media era. We can get in touch with almost anybody in any country. We can share ideas, suggestions, and thoughts through the Internet. Tons of words and images are uploaded and shared everyday. That is because as human beings, we have a need to communicate and we want to listen to others.
360Cities also loves communication. Good news, everyone!
We have launched a Comments system. Now, anyone can comment in any panorama. You just have to scroll down on any panorama page and you will find a dedicated space where you can leave ideas, suggestions, and thoughts.
What to do when you fall in love with a pano? Give a star to it!
We know that the 360Cities community is a nice and friendly group – please be polite to each other.
We are looking forward to reading all your comments!
Are you in Las Vegas attending the CES show this week? Stop by the LG Pavilion and check out their new Ultra HD Touch displays, where they are using beautiful immersive panoramic images from 360Cities.net to demonstrate them.
If you can’t make it to Las Vegas, here’s a short clip for you instead: