Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images created by photographer Andrew Bodrov of Estonia. [link]
This is what the people at NASA has been up to - creating this awesome INTERACTIVE Picture of Mars from the new Curiosity Mars Exploration Craft - the newest edition to the Mars Rovers! [link]
At 4Billion pixels the level of detail is astonishing - not only that click on the arrows and it leads you to the Mars Rover! (And some poor taste product placement, might I add!)
This sort of approach that NASA has taken really bring promise to the future in showing the world Mars and beyond because something as involving as this wasn't available not so long ago. I remember seeing a large panoramic colour photograph in the paper of an ancient flood plain in Mars's northern hemisphere called "Ares Vallis" [Scroll down to Sojourner's rock analysis section and see the panoramic picture] [link]
I thought this picture of Mars was amazing how we could take such a High Res image with a craft that actually landed on Mars. So after seeing that image of Mars in the paper I searched and found that the first was a Space Craft called "Viking Lander 1" and that sent back a Low Res image of Mars in 1978 which was non the less impressive. Now with this sort of interaction available (which is awesome) I'm curious to see what kind of Interaction will they bring us in the next ten years! I wasn't alive to see the moon landing but I know that soon one day they will bring us a live feed of a Mars landing and that really is exciting!
Some people question weather we should be doing this; exploring the worlds beyond our own when there's so much trouble back on Earth but I believe it's part of our nature to be curious; to look and question what is really out there it's a demonstration of what we can achieve when we really put our minds to it, that is what I find inspiring day after day I; it always amazes to see such achievements! I hope one day we land on Mars I think it will inspire a great generation of people!