Be there with Curiosity in this wicked interactive panorama

Take a look around Mars today when you have a few minutes. Click the photo for a spectacular 360-degree interactive panorama. Panorama photo by Andrew Bodrov with images by NASA/JPL

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stand on Mars and look around in all directions, wonder no more. Click on the photo to view a high-definition, interactive panorama of the Martian landscape pieced together with photos made by Curiosity’s navigation cameras. Since the images were taken from atop the nearly 7-foot tall mast, you feel like like you’re on stilts as you gaze this way and that including over the top of the rover.

You can use your mouse to move from left to right and top to bottom. The big mound in one part of the image is 3.4 mile high Mt. Sharp at the center of Gale Crater. That’s the direction Curiosity will head once it’s ready to roll.

My favorite parts were seeing the sun in the sky for the first time and watching the lighting change as I turned “my head’ to look around. The panorama link above is a large version for maximum YOU ARE THERE effect. For a smaller version as well as panoramas made using imagery from previous rovers, click HERE.

My hat goes off to photographer Andrew Bodrov for creating the scene using NASA images. Thanks for taking us to Mars!

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