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The 1.8 Billion Pixel Image From Mars

The 1.8 Billion Pixel Image From Mars

Towards the end of last year (2019), the Mars Curiosity Rover had a few days without any tasks to complete other than routine maintenance so scientists here on earth at the base station decided to give it a special task to complete. They tasked the rover with taking a series of high-quality images of its current surroundings without moving, these images were then carefully "stitched" together to create an image comprised of nearly 1.8 billion pixels. You can find out more about the process here on the NASA website, there's also a cool 360 degree photo viewer.

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