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NASA Shows Off 1.3 Billion Pixel Photo of Mars

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Want to explore the surface of Mars? Well, it'll probably be a while before you can get up there yourself. In the meantime, NASA has a pretty detailed photo you could look at.

When NASA's Curiosity rover was sent to Mars, it was supposed to be on a two-year mission. The rover is supposed to be gathering information on the Red Planet in preparation for future missions. In December of last year, NASA extended that mission indefinitely. This week, NASA is showing off the first NASA-produced image of the surface of Mars thanks to Curiosity's work.

 

Based on 900 exposures captured by Curiosity between October 5 and November 16 of last year, the image measures more than 1.3 billion pixels. Bob Deen of Nasa's Multi-Mission Image Processing Lab created the picture using 850 frames from the telephoto camera on Curiosity's Mastcam instrument. These were supplemented with 21 frames from the Mastcam's wide-angle camera and 25 black and white shots of the rover itself from the Navigation Camera.

"It gives a sense of place and really shows off the cameras' capabilities,"  Deen said. "You can see the context and also zoom in to see very fine details."

You can check out the 1.3-billion-pixel image and explore with the pan and zoom tools here. You can also download a scaled down version here.

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    NightLight , June 21, 2013 11:18 AM
    for some reason, i love that planet
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    drwho1 , June 21, 2013 11:45 AM
    Porn site Shows Off 1.3 Billion Pixel Photo of Marsha
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    Joe Vete , June 21, 2013 11:53 AM
    Does that include a picture of the cydonia region?
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    Marcus52 , June 21, 2013 11:58 AM
    Wow, gorgeous! TY NASA!
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    stingstang , June 21, 2013 1:07 PM
    So ah...about that water in the background? Or is that just blue sand...
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    fonzy , June 21, 2013 1:40 PM
    You can see a pyramid from an ancient civilization and a hole to the underground where they live now to avoid the cataclysmic event from thousands of years ago. :) 
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    PTNLemay , June 21, 2013 2:27 PM
    << NASA Shows Off 1.3 Billion Pixel Photo of Mars >>

    *click thumbnail*

    << Maximum resolution: 640 x 350 >>

    Oh Tom... why must you be so coy.
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    SteelCity1981 , June 21, 2013 2:41 PM
    we need to start thinking about terraform mars. it's funny on earth we talk about reducing green house gases but for a place like mars you would to the total opposite, you would want as many green house gases go into the atmosphere as much as you can.
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    nicodemus_mm , June 21, 2013 2:55 PM
    Oct 5th to November 16th... So it sat in one place for over a month to get a picture. So is this where we give up on exploration, measurements and analysis and just use Curiosity for a record setting Facebook profile pic?
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    aoneone , June 21, 2013 3:14 PM
    What about the face on Mars? WHAT ABOUT THE FACE ON MARS?!?!?! I'm serious....
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    x2ruff4u , June 22, 2013 2:44 AM
    Is it just me, but is that the photo there talking about? It can't just be me.
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    Draven35 , June 22, 2013 8:07 PM
    The face on mars? you mean the one that only looks like a face under certain weather and lighting conditions, and from other conditions looks like a hill?
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