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The Curiosity Mars Rover Just Captured Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Ever

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has just sent back the highest-resolution panorama its ever captured of the Martian surface. Made up of nearly 1,200 individual images stitched together, the 360° panorama weighs in at a whopping 1.8 billion pixels, AKA 1.8 gigapixels.

The photo was just released by NASA today, though it was actually captured between November 24th and December 1st of 2019, when the rover had a rare chance to sit still for several days in a row.

“While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity project scientist at NASA JPL. “This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.”

You can learn more about how the photo was taken and what it depicts in the informative video below:

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