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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Snapped By Curiosity 32

Posted by Soulskill
from the see-any-good-landing-spots? dept.
astroengine writes "If you were in any doubt as to Curiosity's photography prowess, this panorama of Gale Crater should allay your concerns. In this billion-pixel photo from Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory snapped nearly 900 separate images that were then stitched together to create a wonderful high-definition view from the robot's mast-mounted cameras. 'It gives a sense of place and really shows off the cameras' capabilities,' said Bob Deen of the Multi-Mission Image Processing Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., who assembled the scene. 'You can see the context and also zoom in to see very fine details.'"
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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Snapped By Curiosity

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  • Re:Windows only? (Score:5, Informative)

    by DMUTPeregrine (612791) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @05:21PM (#44054203) Journal
    It's linked in the article as a jpeg.
    http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA16919.jpg
  • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @05:35PM (#44054411)

    If it takes 900 images to make a 1 000 000 000 pixel image, that means it's a, wait for it, a 1.1 mega pixel camera!! While these numbers aren't exact they're in the ball park

    Might as well go for the actual numbers, right? The original image is 1.3 billion pixels, not exactly 1 billion. The MastCam (2 cameras) can take true-color still pictures at 1600x1200, just below 2 million pixels. It can also take video at 10fps at 1280x720 (720p). There's another camera, the Mars Hand Lens Imager, which also takes 1600x1200 pictures but is meant for closeups, it has a focal length between 18 - 21 mm and can zoom up to 14.5 micrometers per pixel. The descent imager is also 1600x1200, but its job is done. There are 13 other cameras at lower resolution. The rover has far and away the best camera suite we've dropped on to Mars.

    So please don't go thinking it's one picture taken by a camera that has a 1 giga pixel sensor on it.

    Don't worry, anyone who got to the second sentence in the summary knows that.

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