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See Mars through a rover's eyes with this interactive panorama

This newly released Mars panorama gives armchair explorers a 360°, rover's-eye view of the Red Planet, from a vantage point near the base of Aeolis Mons. Also known as Mount Sharp, the 18,000-foot mound of sedimentary layers forms the central peak of Gale crater, and is the Curiosity Rover's primary scientific target. Curiosity's come a long way since her first color photo of Mars, hasn't she?


"The images for [the panorama were] obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera," writes 360 Cities' Andrew Bodrov, who created the immersive viewing experience. "The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels' width, includes 101 images taken on Sol 437." You can interact with the panorama below by clicking and dragging, or selecting from specific points of interest. Make sure you try it out in full screen.

Bodrov's done up similar Mars panos in the past, and his work is seriously inspired. Hands down some of our favorite images of the Red Planet. That includes the ones released by NASA.


[360 Cities]

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Annalee Newitz

I'm wondering something kind of silly, which is whether you would be able to smell Mars if you visited. I mean, I know we can't breathe the atmosphere – but could we take a few sniffs of fresh Martian air? Would it be poisonous?