NASA Mars images ‘next best thing to being there’

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The US space agency NASA has pieced together a panoramic view from the camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, calling it the ‘next best thing to being’ on the Red Planet. AFP

WASHINGTON—The US space agency NASA has recently pieced together a panoramic view from the camera on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, calling it the “next best thing to being” on the Red Planet.

The full-circle scene fuses together 817 images taken by the mast-mounted panoramic camera (Pancam) on the Opportunity over a four-month period, showing new rover tracks and an old impact crater.

The panorama — which NASA said in a release was the “next best thing to being there” — includes the rover’s solar arrays and deck in the foreground.

Pancam lead scientist Jim Bell of Arizona State University, Tempe, said the images provide a “spectacularly detailed view of the largest impact crater that we’ve driven to yet with either rover over the course of the mission.”

The panorama was stitched together from component images taken between December 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, when Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop nicknamed Greeley Haven.

Opportunity completed its 3,000th Martian day on July 2, and the US space agency marked 15 years of robotic presence on the Red Planet.

NASA’s Curiosity rover, formally known as the Mars Science Laboratory but nicknamed a “dream machine” by NASA scientists, blasted off from Florida in November and is expected to land in early August.

The most advanced machine ever built with the aim of roaming the surface of Earth’s nearest neighbor cost $2.5 billion to construct and launch, carries its own rock-analyzing lab and aims to hunt for signs that life once existed there.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    take two, ayaw ng admin ang sinulat ko:

    sana ma record ng NASA kung may underground [plate movement] activity sa mars.

    kung baga yun lindol doon.kasi sa lupa na kinatitirikan ko–pag lumulindol

    sanhi daw ng “kasalanan” ng tao at pinarurusahan tayo.

    paano yan kung may lindol doon? wla naman tao sa mars?


  • NoWorryBHappy

    OMG !!!
    Parang disyerto sa Saudi !

    • Mamang Pulis

      parang nga. 

      parang mag travel ka mula Dharan hanggang Riyadh o Jubail to Jeddah.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Ayan naabot na ang Mars ng USA, tayo hindi natin maabot-abot ang Panatag shoal.

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Papayag kaya ang Tsina na sibihin ng USA na sa kanila ang Moon at Mars? Sila una doon, di ba?  E, kung sabihin naman ng Russia na sa kanila ang universe dahil sa pag-launch nila ng Sputnik, hindi kaya maghimaktol ang mga katsekwaan?

  • marionics

    pucha ok ano?  ang galing!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public

    And suddenly a shadow of mechanical being appears and destroy the rover. hehehe…

    Transformers Reboot?

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