NASA has released a 360-degree video allowing individuals to take a virtual tour of Mars. The footage was taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity rover on Dec. 18, 2015, and uploaded to YouTube, which then allows people to take their smartphone and computer and move it around to see different parts of Mars.
CNBC states that the photos are taken at Namib Dune that provides a view of Mount Sharp in the distance. The area of the ground is part of the Bagnold Dunes.
A NASA representative said that the detailed investigation of dunes in the Bagnold field is the “first close look at active sand dunes anywhere other than Earth.”
As stated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a small alteration of the color has been made approximating a white balance, for the reason that rocks and sand appear roughly as they would appear under the sunlit sky of the Earth. A brightness adjustment has also been made to fit the rover hardware in the scene.
According to Fox News, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory also stated, “This view of the downwind face of ‘Namib Dune’ on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
“The site is part of the dark-sand ‘Bagnold Dunes’ field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.”
This is not the first time the space agency has released a 360-degree video. However, the technology today is more advanced, allowing users to look around and move it through their smartphone or computers.
In addition, the Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates the rover’s Mastcam, while NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover.