Mars360: First 4.5-billion-pixel of Mars by NASA’s Perseverance Rover

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z stereo imaging system to capture this 360-degree panorama at “Van Zyl Overlook”, where the rover was parked for 13 days as the Ingenuity helicopter performed its first flights. The 4.5-billion-pixel panorama is made up of 1004 individual Mastcam-Z images stitched together. The images were taken between April 15 and 26, 2021, or the 53rd and 64th Martian days, or sols, of the mission.

Additionally panorama includes the rover’s deck as seen by its Mastcam-Z camera on Sol 3 (February 21, 2021) of the mission. Imaging coverage of the sky has also been digitally smoothed and expanded based on the actual sky color observed as the panorama was being acquired on Mars. A microphone attached to the Perseverance rover obtained sounds of Martian breeze from Jezero Crater on Feb. 22, 2021.

Arizona State University in Tempe leads the operations of the Mastcam-Z instrument, working in collaboration with Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego.