The Mars rover Curiosity has been beaming back pictures of its landing site on the Red planet ever since its successful landing on the red planet on 06 August. Designed to take magnified, close-up images of rocks and other objects, or wide shots of landscapes, the camera can capture fine details with a resolution as high as 13.9 microns per pixel — several times finer than the width of a human hair.
And now EDS Systems, a team of designer and software experts who regularly stich together photos to create awe inspiring panoramas have used the images beamed down by Curiosity to create, for the first time, a 360 degree view of the red planet. It can be viewed here
In addition to the desert like environment of the crater in which Curiosity is currently lodged, the images also give you a great sense of what the rover itself looks like. It’s also really cool to see the sun from an alien landscape.