1.3-billion-pixel Photo of Mars

June 21, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Digital | 2 Comments |
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NASA has taken a 1.3-billion-pixel image of the Mars landscape using technology from GigaPan. The 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon.

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GigaPan Press Release

GigaPan Helps Explore Mars Through High-Resolution Panoramas

NASA’s First Billion-Pixel Image of the Rover Curiosity Brings the Red Planet to Life

NASA's new 1.3-billion-pixel image of the Mars landscape.

http://gigapan.com/gigapans/129480

Technology from GigaPan is being used to display images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, a NASA mission investigating past and present environments within the Gale Crater on Mars. Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the rover landed in August 2012 and is the latest mission to explore the red planet. Equipped with a camera capable of capturing gigapixel-quality images of the Martian landscape, the rover sends back stunning images that scientists compile into expansive panoramas, including NASA’s first billion-pixel panorama, released today.

The new 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images to showcase the details of the Mars landscape. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon. The public can explore the image and more panoramas from Curiosity as part of a new NASA JPL Curiosity gallery on the GigaPan website.

NASA is using high-definition panoramas to support Curiosity’s goal of investigating the environmental history within Gale Crater, a location where the project has found that conditions were long ago favorable for microbial life. By capturing the gigapixel-quality images of the planet’s landscape, scientists are able to identify new targets to investigate and new material for ongoing studies of Mars.

By displaying images on the GigaPan website, JPL is able to give viewers the opportunity to explore Mars with the rover and investigate a landscape that cannot be explored by humans. Additionally, the interactive capabilities of GigaPan images allow people to zoom in to the surface of Mars to see details, including individual rocks, grains, dust ripples and other features of the red planet.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with NASA in sharing unique images of Mars with the public. This gigapixel image of the rover allows viewers to see incredible detail,” said Josh Friedman, CEO of GigaPan. “The NASA JPL gallery on the GigaPan site allows researchers and the general public to zoom in on the intricate features of unique terrain in these Mars images. We hope this level of interactivity will not only support the mission’s overall research goals, but also help increase public interest in the Mars exploration program.”

As the Curiosity rover carries out the rest of its two-year Martian trek, it will continue to send back stunning images of the Martian landscape. There’s no certainty in what the rover will encounter, but with GigaPan, NASA is able to share a view of Mars that will offer significant insight into a place never before explored by humans. To learn more, please visit the JPL press release.

About GigaPan

GigaPan provides a unique, integrated system, which enables users to craft, share, store, monetize and experience high-resolution imagery in a creative ecosystem of hardware, software, and viewers. Pioneered by NASA's Mars Rover Program in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University and Google, the company commercially emerged in 2008 to bring gigapixel imagery to photographers, educators, and image creators. GigaPan offers a range of panoheads, a full suite of stitch software, flexible and customizable viewing portals and expansive sharing capabilities.

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#1 Link-free Reader

Umm...a link to said photo?
What is the expect reasonable about of time a reader should spend scanning up and down the article for a link to the actual image?
Is this like one of those "idiot" tests that is designed to catch people in a circular loop of "it must be here somewhere"? Yes, we can highlight text and search Google, but if you are going to gleefully parrot press releases, at least have the courtesy to create a link to the content in an obvious location, or tell us to Google it for our damn selves at the outset. Good day.

4:14 pm - Friday, June 21, 2013

#2 Lorenzo Photography

That is staggering, mind blowing and beautiful. I'd love to have this on my lounge wall with a remote controlled zoom. Amazing.

8:26 am - Tuesday, June 25, 2013