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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama Lets You Explore Mars As If You Were Standing Next To Curiosity

 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.