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Panorama from Mars!
Out of this World

The Mars Rovers, called Spirit and Opportunity, turned four last week. And so what, you ask? Well, these machines were only expected to last for THREE MONTHS and travel six hundred meters. Instead, the Opportunity, which made this photo, has gone about 6 kilometers over the last four years, roaming around, and sending pictures back. That, I think, is amazing.

This panorama, which I found over at National Geographic, was photographed sometime in October-December 2007. As the folks at Nasa put it: "Bright rocks within the band are visible in the foreground of the panorama. The rover science team assigned informal names to three subdivisions of the band: "Steno," "Smith," and "Lyell.""

The interesting thing in this interactive version of the panorama is that you can look _down_ and see the mars rover itself. Link to the Mars Rover page.

For more articles about the Mars Rovers over the years, try here, here, here, here, or here.

Note! If you want to embed this panorama into your own blog, ala Youtube clicp, it's easy! Just click the 'embed' link below to copy the code!

Copyright: Jeffrey Martin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 3000x1500
Taken: 31/01/2008
Uploaded: 04/09/2008


Tags: out_of_this_world
More About Out of this World

The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".

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