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A Martian landscape in four billion pixels

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Stop whatever you are doing now and click on this:

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

It’s a massive image composited from several days of captures by the Mars Curiosity rover. The level of detail is astounding. You could spend days zooming around in there looking at martian rocks.

It’s accomplishments like this that make me proud of my species.


Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. seperry1 2:51 pm 03/29/2013

    Yes, this is terrific. I have to say that Andrew Bodrov who is affiliated with the 360Cities panoramic service, always does a wonderful job with his panos.

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  2. 2. PeterT 6:31 pm 03/29/2013

    Once again SA your e-mail this DOES NOT WORK!!

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  3. 3. 11:34 pm 03/29/2013

    Holy wow.

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  4. 4. miklops 12:02 pm 04/2/2013

    Great panorama, I will definitely live on Mars for some time now.

    Any way of downloading the gigapicture?

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  5. 5. balexriddell 9:07 pm 04/3/2013

    It is amazing work….and it does seem so “wind-scoured.”

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