Take an Epic 360-Degree Tour of Mars


Want to visit Mars? Unless your an astronaut — or a robot — this incredible 360-degree tour of the Red Planet is just about the closest you get.

NASA recently released the interactive video of the surface of Mars captured by the Curiosity rover. You can click and drag the image to virtually explore Namib Dune, one of a series of sand dunes currently being climbed by Curiosity in search of more information on extraterrestrial dunes.
According to NASA:

This view of the downwind face of “Namib Dune” on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon. The rover’s location is in the dark-sand “Bagnold Dunes” field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. Images taken from orbit indicate that dunes in the Bagnold field move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year. The component images of this scene were taken on Dec. 18, 2015, by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover during the 1,197th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars.


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