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Mars as you’ve never seen it before: New panorama shows detailed view of ‘the red planet’

A July 8 handout from NASA shows a panoramic image of Mars. (AFP/Getty Imges)

NASA has released a panoramic view from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The panorama was created using 817 distinct images the rover took between Dec. 2011 and May. The photos were taken using the panoramic camera or Pancam.

In describing the image, NASA writes:

The panorama combines exposures taken through Pancam filters centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). The view is presented in false color to make some differences between materials easier to see.

We recognize that the above image isn’t exactly the best for viewing detail. So we broke it up into more detailed parts for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.





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