If you were standing next to the Mars rover Curiosity, this is what you'd see. Estonian photographer and editor Andrew Bodrov stitched together 407 images from two Curiosity cameras to come up with this interactive panorama.
The mosaic covers 90,000 x 45,000 pixels, and includes zoomable images from Curiosity's Narrow Angle Camera and Medium Angle Camera, both located on the Mastcam system, which makes up the rover's head. The NAC's focal length is 100 mm, and 295 images from this system make up the bulk of the image. The and MAC's focal length is 34 mm, and Bodrov said he used those to fill in the gaps. If you look closely, you'll see some spots that appear in lower resolution--those are from the MAC.
The camera can only do so much, Bodrov notes. "It is only 2 megapixels, which by today's standards is not huge. Of course, flying these electronic components from Earth to Mars, and having them survive the radiation and other hazards, means that they were not able to just use off-the-shelf cameras," he said in an email to Popular Science.
This project took him about two weeks, including time to collect all the images, stitch them together and retouch them. Bodrov added the sky in Photoshop, and dropped in a photo of Curiosity, too, from a previous panorama he made earlier this year.
Bodrov is a member of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association and has plenty of other amazing panoramas, which you can check out here.
WoWzer-AweSome-Ness! This is one fun, NASA picture!
Cool panorama. Dead planet. Waste of time. Go visit Io or Europa or something exciting NASA.
Standing next to opportunity to see this landscape with my own eyes would be breathtaking... literally.
Or better yet, NASA could launch gizmowiz into the sun. That ought to be exciting.
Something good may come of your suggestion, lol. The sun will receive a dark spot form gizmowiz and perhaps reverse global warming!
Bye bye gizmowiz, LOL!
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Interesting fake picture.
Maybe in the future we'll have the technology to actually photograph the sky and the rover since those were both photoshopped in as per the article. :(
"Bodrov added the sky in Photoshop, and dropped in a photo of Curiosity, too, from a previous panorama he made earlier this year."
To all involved with the "robot Curiosity",
thank you and WELL DONE!
It is kinda strange to look down at the rover and see black and white spots and opposing shadows.