Want to see a BILLION-pixel view of Mars from Curiosity?

Well, here you go. Don’t say I never gave you nothin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually this is a NASA-produced image made of 850 frames taken by Curiosity’s MastCam, showing the view from the rover as of late October/early November 2012. Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) rises in the distance, and the mountainous rim of Gale Crater can be…

Billions and Billions

Talk about lights in the dark! The image above is a low-res version of what amounts to 22 months of dedicated work by Central Michigan University astronomer Axel Mellinger, traveling across the United States and South Africa and assembling over 3,000 individual images to create the most extensive and detailed โ€“ and zoomable โ€“ portrait…