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NASA Reveals 360-Degree Interactive View Of Mars’ Surface In Stunning 4K
By Mikelle Leow, 23 Feb 2021
Video screenshot via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
What will humans’ supposed next home look like? Wonder no further, as NASA has just released a 360-degree tour of the surface of the Red Planet.
Upon arriving safely on Mars this month, NASA’s Perseverance rover managed to capture a detailed interactive photo—in 4K, no less—of its landing site. This is an impressive feat since sending data back to Earth comes with a whole bevy of obstacles.
The image can be explored via a YouTube video uploaded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The footage is a minute-long, but you can pause it and navigate the area with the interactive arrows on the top left.
The Perseverance rover is equipped with an incredible 19 cameras, the most number of cameras possessed by any Mars rover. One of its main purposes is to aid astrobiology studies, which include the search for ancient microbial life and the collection of Martian rock.
To walk around the interactive video, it is recommended that you play it via the YouTube app on your smartphone, or through a Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera browser on your desktop.
[via PetaPixel, video and cover image via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory]
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