Curiosity's gigapixel photo of Mars shows how desolate the red planet really is

If you ever wanted to feel like you were standing on Mars, the Curiosity Rover can help. The exploratory robot just enabled a team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to produce this 1.3 billion-pixel image.

NASA assembled the image of Rocknest out of 900 exposures Curiosity took during its ongoing travels across the planet—the mountain in the background is Mount Sharp. Alas, Mars isn’t the most romantic of planets, so it’s not exactly the perfect view. You can check out Rocknest and Mount Sharp for yourself on NASA’s website, where you can also pan and zoom around the huge image.

[NASA via Boing Boing]

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