NASA's Curiosity gives one other 360-diploma peek at Mars
Lower than two weeks in the past NASA posted a 360-diploma video on Fb that confirmed the attitude of its Curiosity rover on Mars. It was an exhilarating view, however the best way it had been created — by stitching collectively plenty of totally different pictures — meant the ultimate video provided a wierd, fishbowl-like image. Fortunately, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has uploaded a alternative to YouTube which is lightyears higher than the unique. Whereas it is nonetheless a static shot — so extra of a panorama than a real 360-diploma video — it is one other mesmerizing take a look at the Purple Planet.
The element pictures have been captured by Curiosity on December 18, 2015 utilizing the Mast Digital camera rig, in any other case often known as Mastcam, which sits on prime of the robotic’s vertical arm. Within the video you’ll be able to see the Namib Dune, which varieties a part of the Bagnold Dunes dotted alongside the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. NASA notes that, after analysing photographs taken from orbit, scientists consider the dunes can transfer as a lot as one meter throughout a traditional Earth yr. A portion of Mount Sharp could be seen on the horizon and naturally, Curiosity itself is seen down under on the floor.
You possibly can watch the video in your browser and click on round to vary the attitude, however for an immersive expertise we advocate utilizing the YouTube app in your telephone or a Google Cardboard — with the gyroscope sensor you possibly can go searching naturally, which is all the time fairly enjoyable.