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Here’s a nice distraction to start off the day: pretend you’re playing in the sandbox of Mars alongside Curiosity. This new panorama shows the NASA Rover hanging out somewhat nearby Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons), its ultimate destination for the two-year prime mission it’s currently on.
“The images for panorama [were] obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera,” wrote Andrew Bodrov on a blog post describing his work. ”The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels’ width, includes 101 images taken on Sol 437.”
Last year, he told Universe Today that he has used PTGui panoramic stitching software from New House Internet Services BV to accomplish the stunning views.
He also has a wealth of images from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is the launch site for Soyuz spacecraft missions.
“It’s very nice to see the achievements of humanity which allows you to see a picture of another world,” Bodrov said in 2012.