Explore this amazing, interactive 1.3 billion-pixel view of Mars

Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the billion-pixel interactive photo. Take a spin around or burrow in for closeup views of rocks, the rover and other details. Don’t forget to click the “full screen” view when you’re there. Credit: NASA

Wanna go to Mars? NASA just released a wonderful way to get there. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can zoom into a 360-degree scene comprised of nearly 900 pictures taken by Curiosity Rover from the Rocknest site. This is where the rover gathered and examined its first scoops of Martian soil.

Extreme zooming into the mosaic reveals multiple rock layers in Mt. Sharp. Credit: NASA

The picture is a mosaic of 850 telephoto frames and 21 wide angle views taken with the high-resolution, mast-mounted cameras. An additional 25 black-and-white pictures, mostly of the rover itself, were shot with the Navigation Camera. Put it on your screen and enjoy almost being there.

Curious white object found while zooming in to the right of a large rock below the right side of Mt. Sharp, the peak dominating the distant horizon. Credit: NASA

All the photos were taken between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. You’ll notice different levels of atmospheric clarity depending on the day the images were shot. Have fun. If you find any little green men, do let us know.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

15 thoughts on “Explore this amazing, interactive 1.3 billion-pixel view of Mars

  1. Heh! Did you see the UFO shaped rock? Hoagland and his followers will have a field day when they get wind of that!

  2. Take a look at my YouTube videos. You will see for a fact the Mars had a ancient life history. I have some of the most concrete evidence of Mars life. All my photo images were taken from the “Billion Pixel View of Curiosity at RockNest” direct from the NASA web site. Also Nasa will not answer my inquiries about the contents of the photo images. Look for yourself and see: Statues, Rock carvings, skeletons and Dead Petrified Martians! This is no joke. I have been trying for months to get a real scientific interest in what I have found. See my video “Dead Martians” and others on YouTube. Thanks, gravityreverse010

      • I am well aware of pareidolia. That is not the issue. The issue is that the majority of people always assume that images from Mars are always just rocks. My point is NASA shows their photos in false color (everything is colored the same) Mars is covered in wind swept Dust and objects on its surface, be it rocks, plant life or human remains will look to be distorted and may in fact blend in and look like rocks, rock formations or other Mars surface features and thererfore we may be missing obvious Mars ancient life evidence. The majority never look at trying to find concreate evidence or try to scientificly disprove the images I have found. I understand things like blurred images and shadows that can look like animals and faces. What I am trying to accomplish is to get the right people involved to seriously look at the images, analyze them to say Yes they are rocks or No they are not or it is Inconclusive and warrens a detailed investigation by the Rover. People are quick to throw out an idea or thought with out doing the do diligence of performing the science to disprove anything. They are quick to think because people like me are thinking “outside the box” are nuts. To me the evidence is obvious and over whelming that the images do not fit in the catagory of normal rock formations. Rocks ramdomly formed should not show signs of design, symmetry, look hand fashioned. If you think it is pareidolia, then prove it. Dont just say it. Produce the hard evidence against it that is the challenge. I work in the Aerospace Industry. I if someone questions something about a component, part or test we prove or disprove it by analizing, testing, measuring and looking for repeatability etc. You can miss the obvious when people just assume something. In my field to assume will make an ass-(out of)-u-me.

        • Anthony,
          It is impossible to prove that the rocks you mention aren’t manufactured by aliens, however it is FAR more likely they are what they look like – rocks – and that the appearance of design is the well-documented and perfectly natural human tendency to see patterns in everything around us. You and I can look at Mars pictures all day long with neither of us able to produce “hard evidence” for our point of view except by going to Mars and fetching the rock. NASA routinely moves the rovers in close when they spot an unusual rock. After all, that’s how we’ve discovered iron-nickle meteorites on Mars and a host of other things about the Mars environment present and past. Do you think they’d pass up the chance to study what you claim to be alien artifacts?

          • I believe NASA has passed on the chance. NASA JPL does not even consider (as far as i can tell) anything found in their images by the general public to be worthy of investigation. They have their science mission (Geology) and thats it. I have contacted NASA JPL by email, their web site, YouTube channel, sent photos, and what did i get? NASA deleted my comments and screen name on every NASA video I commented on (more than 20). What did i say? I just asked them to look at what I have found, To get a NASA scientific view piont. I never thought i would get a reaction like that from NASA. The images I have found are in clusters and the artifacts within a few feet of each other. The “Dead Martians” are far out in the distance and NASA JPL would need an aggresive navigation plan to get the Curiosity Rover to that area (Which is in the opposite diretion from their target Mount Sharp). I have a hard time showing this in my videos, which are cheaply made :) . I have gotten more of a responce from you than from NASA JPL. Thanks for listening and I do respect your view point. This is the type of dialog I expect should be taking place. I have a friend who works in Washington D.C. for the C.I.A. he told me silence means they ARE looking. I hope he is right.

  3. All the Mars artifacts I have found are within the “Billion Pixel View from Curiosity at RockNest” photo which is at the NASA JPL interactive web site. Here is the link to the web site: http://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/interactives/billionpixel/ Also the photo itself is called “PIA16919″ it is found within the NASA photo journal here is the link: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/targetFamily/Mars?subselect=Spacecraft%3ACuriosity%3A Within some of my videos I use the actual interactive web site cylidrical viewer (Raw Color) to get the views of all the areas in question because the “PIA16919″ downloaded “tiff or “jpeg” photo does not have the same zoom capabilities features of the live interactive photo at the NASA JPL web site and therefore when I try to use them to zoom to some of the main artifact areas in question they are blurred. So what I am saying is, the interactive photo of the “Billion Pixel View from Curiosity at RockNest” provides the best quality to view the artifacts in question.
    So what I do to capture the best zoomed and clearest photos (because some of the objects are far in the distance) is use the interactive site panorama to zoom in as far as it allows without distortion then I capture the image using “Print Screen” and give it a title.Then open it using “Paint.Net” (a free photo program) this allows me to zoom further, resize and sharpen the image to reduce and minimize any pixelation. Then I will save the photo and title it again. I can then open it with “Windows fax and picture viewer” this lets me zoom in quickly and also change the photos orientation to view the artifact in question from a different view point to see if it maintains its visual likeness, symmetry etc and use it to produce my videos using “Cam Studio”. I told you they are Cheap :)
    If you look for the “Dead Martians” the best video to locate the area will be my “Curiosity Photo shows Mars Statue and Petrified Body at RockNest” here is the link : http://youtu.be/6DJgygv0Pls pause the video at about 1:42 to 1:44 time frame to see the boxed location area of the “Dead Martians” and “Mars Statue”. You will have to zoom way in. The Closeup video is called “Dead Martians” here is the link: http://youtu.be/vtXTYKHVZsE You can match my video location against the live NASA interactive web site to find them (Just open 2 browser windows or Tabs, 1 for YouTube and 1 for the NASA site) and zoom way in to verify the artifacts in question. Thanks again for listening.

    • Anthony,
      It baffles me why you don’t consider these forms to simply be cases of pareidolia (something looking like another thing because it has a similar shape). I would also ask why dead Martians look nearly identical to humans? This is not a reasonable assumption, but it makes complete sense as another example of pareidolia. Remember the Mars Face from years back? Some people were convinced it was a giant rock formation carved to look like a face by ancient Martians. One guy even wrote a book or two about it. When spacecraft resolution improved, NASA shot fresh photos that showed it in much greater detail, and the “face” disappeared. It was clearly an eroded mesa. Your selections are many more examples of the same. I can see faces and animal shapes anywhere I look as long as I relax my mind and exercise my imagination. Once again I would ask you to consider probabilities as well – what are the chances these are just more rocks exactly like similar-appearing rocks sitting right next to them versus dead Martians and statues?

      • Yes, you are making valid points and I have considered them.What it is to me is that the images (Dead Martians and the Statue next to them) has to much visual detail contained in them to be random rock formations (eyes,lips,nose,ear,cheek,chin,forhead, arm, elbow etc). I agree with you that a possibility exists that they could be random rock formations, this is what I need to be completely sure of. But from the research that I have tried to perform (by looking at the same images in other Curiosity photos from a different Sol) have yielded the same image likness even though the sun is shining on it from a different angle. Like in the Face on Mars example that you stated NASA vaildated the image to be a eroded mesa, that is the type of research process I am asking for.

        • Anthony,
          I suspect that NASA chooses the rocks they study with care, focusing on those that appear different or interesting mineralogically or by color, texture, veining, etc. And while they’ve named rocks based on their resemblance to other things, the scientists and engineers are probably so familiar with the pareidolia effect, they’d never choose a rock just because it looked like a face or body. The main reason they re-took photos of the “Face” was to put the whole hoo-hah and crazy talk to rest.

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