NASA releases panoramic HD view of Mars

First 3D images from Curiosity released today
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The full-circle view of Mars combines 817 images taken by the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

The collection of photos show the terrain that surrounded the rover whilst it was stationary for over four months during the Martian winter.

The images were taken between December 21st 2011 and May 8th 2012 and show not only the Martian landscape, including the rim of the ancient Endeavour Crater, but also shows the rover's own solar arrays and deck in the foreground.

Take a look at the stunning full HD panoramic view of Mars here.

Today NASA has also released the first 3D images from its Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on Monday.

Scientists have begun activating the 17 different cameras that feature on the Curiosity. The 3D photo below shows the rover's landing site and part of its body visible in the bottom right:

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PCR wonders how long it will be until we spot a Martian in one of the new images that will be beamed down over the coming days.

It seems we're not the only ones hoping to find extraterrestrial life as free crownd-soured language-learning webiste Duolingo tweeted on Monday: "If @MarsCuriosity finds life on Mars, Duolingo will be the first site to teach Martian! That's a promise."

Fingers crossed…

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