NASA has uploaded an amazing new 360-degree video of Mars from the Curiosity rover.
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind Mars experience.
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrived at the Bagnold Dune Field near Mount Sharp late last year, and it has rolled its way over to the Namib Dune, where is has been taking samples and collecting data, according to a Discovery News report.
Last month, the Curiosity team released a 360-degree view of this part of the Red Planet, and now you’ll be able to get the virtual reality experience on YouTube thanks to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who have uploaded the video to YouTube.
The video is basically from a series of hi-res photos that were taken by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam on the dark slope of the Namib Dune, which is mostly what you’ll see. You can also view the peak of Mount Sharp in the distance.
It’s a fascinating immersive experience allowing people here on Earth to experience what it’s like to be on the surface of another planet.
But Curiosity isn’t there just for cool views. It is continuing a very important scientific mission and is currently helping scientists understand the winds on Mars and how they cause shifting sands. Scientists have seen from orbit that the sands there are shifting, and they want to understand how that happens on the Red Planet.
In a recent news release, NASA wrote: “Researchers are using Curiosity to examine examples of the Bagnold Dunes, a band of dark sand dunes lining the northwestern flank of Mt. Sharp, the layered mountain the rover is climbing. A characteristic that sets true dunes apart from other wind-shaped bodies of sand, such as drifts and ripples previously visited by Mars rovers, is a steep, downwind slope known as the slip face. Here, sand blowing across the windward side of the dune suddenly becomes sheltered from the wind by the dune itself. The sand falls out of the air and builds up on the slope until it becomes steepened and flows in mini-avalanches down the face.”