Being on Mars

To get a sense of what it would be like to be on Mars, turning around and taking in the view, check out this 360 degree click-and-drag zoomable panorama from the Mars lander Curiosity.  (For full effect, go to the fullscreen view.)  Click on this link:  MARS Curiosity Rover first Color 360 Panorama – Round the world with panoramas.dk.

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  • MarkB

    Wow, it looks pretty desolate. Kind of like a valley of mine talings.

  • MarkB

    Wow, it looks pretty desolate. Kind of like a valley of mine talings.

  • Nathaniel

    It looks pretty much like the southwest United States, except that it is typically the temperature of a Yukon winter.

  • Nathaniel

    It looks pretty much like the southwest United States, except that it is typically the temperature of a Yukon winter.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Yes, it looks an awful lot like this thing landed in the middle of Utah.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Yes, it looks an awful lot like this thing landed in the middle of Utah.

  • Carl Vehse

    “Yes, it looks an awful lot like this thing landed in the middle of Utah.”

    Oddly, the Martian scene reminds one of the Oval Office.

  • Carl Vehse

    “Yes, it looks an awful lot like this thing landed in the middle of Utah.”

    Oddly, the Martian scene reminds one of the Oval Office.

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s the Martian scene reminiscent of the Oval Office.

  • Carl Vehse

    Here’s the Martian scene reminiscent of the Oval Office.

  • Tom Hering

    Wow, it looks pretty desolate. (@ 1)

    Sadly, it’s not Barsoom. Sadder still, it’s not Malacandra. But I’m used to this sort of disappointment. I was bummed when Armstrong and Aldrin didn’t fall through an opening in the lunar surface to land on the backs of huge, fatty mooncalves.

  • Tom Hering

    Wow, it looks pretty desolate. (@ 1)

    Sadly, it’s not Barsoom. Sadder still, it’s not Malacandra. But I’m used to this sort of disappointment. I was bummed when Armstrong and Aldrin didn’t fall through an opening in the lunar surface to land on the backs of huge, fatty mooncalves.

  • Jon

    I wonder why they blocked some of the picture data surrounding the rover?

    Doesn’t look like data signal loss from antenna positioning. Looks more like they intentionally took out the picture data showing parts of the rover.

    So, are there parts that they don’t want to be shown? And why is that?

  • Jon

    I wonder why they blocked some of the picture data surrounding the rover?

    Doesn’t look like data signal loss from antenna positioning. Looks more like they intentionally took out the picture data showing parts of the rover.

    So, are there parts that they don’t want to be shown? And why is that?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    As a geologist, I find the panorama absolutely fascinating.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    As a geologist, I find the panorama absolutely fascinating.


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