NASA’s spacecraft, the Curiosity rover, constantly explores the Red Planet in search of new information to send to Earth. A breathtaking view of Mars has recently been made available to everyone: composed of 1.8 billion pixels, joined by over 1,000 individual photos, taken for a total of 6.5 in four days.
“While many of our team members were at home enjoying the turkey [visto che il panorama è stato catturato durante il giorno del ringraziamento], Curiosity has produced this beauty“, says the scientist of the Curiosity project, Ashwin Vasavada of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. “This is the first time during the mission that we dedicate our operations to a 360 degree stereo panorama.“
The image shows a region called Glen Torridon, which the rover was exploring after descending from Vera Rubin Ridge in January 2019. The site is rico of clay minerals in layers of sedimentary rock and it is of great interest to geologists. The changes in Glen Torridon sediment – analyzed by the spacecraft – indicate that at some point there was a change in the way that sediment was deposited on the bottom of the Gale crater (the place where the region is located).
Currently, Curiosity is heading towards the lower slopes of Mount Sharp. With the hope that this section will reveal more information on the geological, geomorphic and climatic history of this region of Mars.