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Scope Out The Red Planet with an Interactive Panorama Viewer

Yesterday we took a first look at the high-res images coming back from Mars; today we’re back with an interactive panorama viewer to help you really immerse yourself in the new view beamed back from Curiosity.

Courtesy of NASA and the panorama engine at 360 Cities, you can pan and zoom just like you were sitting on the deck of the rover. Hit up the link below for a closer look–and make sure to full screen the viewer for the full effect.

Mars Rover Panorama [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/14/12

Comments (12)

  1. r

    hey, nice pics of dirt for $2.5 billion

  2. Aaronoroff

    You can see the shadow of the camera, but where is its support arm in the picture???

  3. Psybernoid

    I think you utterly fail to comprehend the scope of Curiosity.
    You’re seeing images you, any human being in history, and with the exception of very few in generations to come, have never seen, nor will see with their own eyes.
    Human-kind has a remote limb on another planet. This is frontier stuff.

    And all you can think of is dirt….

  4. r


    uhhh?, yea, sorry for being so “inhumane”. Pics of space dirt for $2.5 billion.
    I’m sure that poor, sick & starving children everywhere will understand.

  5. Uhmar

    Yes, r, with you on the front line of the species we would have never left the caves. If you want to cry about waste of money, look at the US defense budget.

  6. sepoman

    Ask how many millions cost the olimpic games, or a mc donals advertise in the superbowl and then come here to say that again.
    But hey! maybe we can stop this and leave the mankind in the medievo again!

  7. r

    US defense budget for 2012 ($1.420 trillion), 2012 Olympic games cost (£9.3 billion),
    Super Bowl add cost ($3.5 million per 30 seconds)……leaving a cave ($ 0.00)

  8. Anyn

    How much time/money do you waste? By being on this website, you probably own a phone/computer that could have been used to help those people in need, yes? Okay. I’m pretty sure NASA has helped you in more ways than you can imagine.
    You probably also missed this article:
    NASA is using what they learn from space to help us here on the ground.

  9. spike

    @r: but where do you sleep for $0.00 after you are outside the cave?? In a grass hut? And, what do you eat? Berries, roots? Developing costs money, even leaving caves.
    How about – developing computers, spending money on all that research so you could get on here and post these comments??
    BTW – pics of dirt is absolutely not what they are getting from the $2.5 billion. First of all, if that was dirt (which includes organic compounds), that would be an absolutely incredible discovery, and would mean that there is currently life all over mars.. I think that would be worth $2.5 billion to say the least.
    As far as the US defense budget – the question is, what do you think it is worth? How much would you sell, say, only the Navy for, to Iran? $5 trillion? We could feed a lot of starving people with that, right?

  10. bedlamb

    Took a minute to control it, then the viewer was fantastic. The hungry woman and child living in the bushes in the park are in complete agreement.

    No balance.

  11. r


    You can digress & wander around as much as you like, but leaving a cave still costs $0.00
    & for $2.5 billion I see pictures of dirt.

  12. r


    What I do with my time & money is my business, because I work hard and earn it.
    Yes, I’m sure NASA does some good work. They need to rationalize their funding & future to others.
    And, do try to keep on the topic or your whole point is lost to me.

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