Up Close and Personal with a Landscape on Mars

Just a few years ago, you would have laughed at the idea of sedimentary rocks on Mars. Now, we have photographic evidence, thanks to one of the robot residents of that planet. NASA’s Perseverance rover explored an area called Jezero Crater, where a mighty river once flowed billions of years ago. The landscape image was generated from 1,118 pictures and comprises 2.5 billion pixels. We can’t see them all in a video, but that’s enough so that we can get a zoomed-in look at Betty’s Rock, Skinner Ridge, and Hogwallow Flats. Perseverance is storing rock and soil samples that NASA plans on picking up and bringing back to earth sometime. The idea that it can transmit such gorgeous photos millions of miles back to earth is already mind blowing. And Jezero Crater is just a tiny piece of a big planet to explore. On a side note, you have to wonder how you get on the NASA committee that names these landmarks. Who is Betty? And how did they come up with Hogwallow Flats? Read more about this video at digitaltrends. -via Damn Interesting

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