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First panorama from Perseverance

The Perseverance science team has released the first panorama taken by the Perseverance rover after landing on Mars February 18th.

Below the fold however I have embedded something far better than the science team’s mosaic. Andrew Bodrev has taken these same navigation camera images and created a 360 degree virtual reality panorama, one that you can pan and tilt at your own pleasure. The view also includes the sounds of the Martian winds from the rover’s microphone. If you pause it you won’t hear the sounds, but you can scan and rotate for as long as you want.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Steve Richter

    would be neat if they had miniature sized mars movers and diggers that could be deployed to work independently of the rover.

  • Ron

    Steve, we were just talking about that in our office (I don’t work in anything space related so it was just some guys sitting around throwing out ideas) but we were talking about a swarm of drone helicopters going in all directions if this works! Love the idea for a bunch of little tonka truck diggers!!!

  • Gary

    I hope this is real. If so – amazing. A 360 view of the Martian night sky from Perserverance.

  • Alex Andrite

    “Martian Winds”, so similar to the Sirens Sweetly Singing.
    Careful Ulysses.

    The 360deg VR with local sound heard by our Rover upon the Fourth Rock from the Sun ?
    Said Rover sent from the Third Rock from the Sun ?
    Incredible, amazing, and very very cool.

    Careful Ulysses.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas,
    Rover Onward !!

  • wayne

    looks to be a composite creation; Rover Curiosity self portrait + Milky Way European Southern Observatory imagery, from 2013-ish.

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