We thought we already knew how Mars looks up close thanks to Andrew Brodov’s stunning panoramas. But, Andrew has surpassed even himself with this Mars Gigapixel.
Andrew Bodrov is a member of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA) and he has been professionally engaged in panoramic photography for over 12 years. Also he loves stitching NASA photographs for making panoramas that are out of this world.
Some information about the Mars Rovers and about the Gigapixel
The Curiosity Rover has 17 cameras. This panorama has been made with 407 images that were taken from the left and right mastcams. The bulk of the Gigapixel has been stitched with the pictures from the 100mm lens and gaps were filled with the pictures from the 34mm lens. It’s because of this you’ll find some parts that have lower resolution.
Although the Mars Gigapixel has 4 billon pixels, the cameras only have 2 Megapixel, which is almost nothing if you compare them with a pocket camera or even with a phone. But don’t forget that NASA has to send these cameras to Mars and that means that they have to survive radiations and other hazards. They are the bravest cameras that NASA scientists have found 😉
The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We’re getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don’t strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.
But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.
So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we’ve created a new section (we call it an “area”) called “Out of this World” for panoramas like these.
Here you have some examples of Out of this World panoramas:
Any 360Cities member can upload an Out of this World panorama: Just upload a pano and click the “This pano is Out of this World” checkbox. Your panorama will be reviewed before being sent out of this world.
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.