1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    NASAs Curiosity rover recently shot 360 footage of Mars but the scenery looks rather similar to a more earthly scene. The photos, shot on Aug. 5 and released earlier this week, are of the planets Murray Buttes, but they look rather reminiscent of the desert scenes of the southwestern U.S.



    Much like the layers of soil on Earth, the layers of rock and soil on Mars provide clues to how the planet changed over the years. Curiositys first objective was to find and examine a once-habitable environment. The rover has already achieved that finding evidence water was once on the planet inside the Gale Crater. Now, Curiosity is examining more recent layers of the planet, which is when the rover shot the 360 view of Murray Buttes.

    Named after the scientist Bruce Murray, the buttes are made with rocks that are fairly resistant to wind erosion, according to NASA. That top layer helps protect the underlying layers from the planets harsh environment, giving Curiosity more data to study.

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    NASA says Curiosity is currently on an extended mission to study earlier layers of the planet, which brought it to the Murray Buttes and the lower Mount Sharp area. The rovers goal is now to see how freshwater lake conditions evolved into the planets much less hospitable environment today. NASA theorizes that the water could have once been favorable for microbes.

    The 360 photo was taken on the eve of Curiositys fourth year exploring Mars. The rover is tasked with several of NASAs high-priority goals, including preparing for a human mission to the planet.

    The Murray Buttes area is filled with mesas and the 360 shot also shows baked mudstone. While the image is missing segments, the 360 gives earthlings a glimpse at the red planet thats not as different as we think at least in photographs anyways.

    Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/photogr...photo-on-mars/
    08-24-2016 03:25 PM
  2. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar
    Even though not much seem's to be going on I would love to see this in VR.
    08-24-2016 04:51 PM
  3. Cale Hunt's Avatar
    Tried it in my Gear VR...very cool. Thank you for sharing.

    Here's a direct YouTube link for anyone interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=P...&v=UUweNrpFTwA
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    08-24-2016 04:53 PM
  4. genvarev's Avatar
    So cool
    09-06-2016 02:16 AM

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