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Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Hugh Hou
Video creator Hugh Hou created the 360 degree image using photos from NASA's Perseverance rover, adding on the starry sky to make it look pretty.
Check it out below:
The visualisation has received more than 352,000 reactions and 100,000 comments.
Explaining how he created it, Hugh said: "From NASA - This panorama, taken on Feb. 20, 2021, by the Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, was stitched together from six individual images after they were sent back to Earth.
"Disclaimer: the original photo does not have the full sky, I edited the sky to have a full 360 experience inside a VR headset like Oculus Quest 2.
"The sky does not represent the real sky from Mars."
Clearly, a lot of people didn't pay too much attention to the disclaimer though, as many of the comments were by people questioning the veracity of the night sky view from Mars.
Explaining this once again, Hugh commented: "Disclaimer: the original photo does not have the full sky, I edited the sky to have a full 360 experience inside a VR headset like Oculus Quest 2.
"The sky does not represent the real sky from Mars. This is an art.
"Thank you so much for all the love."
Yesterday, the Perseverance rover sent back the first audio recording from the Red Planet.
It was the first time in history that the sound of a Martian breeze has been captured and beamed back to our tiny planet.
Interestingly enough, given the amount of kit fixed to the rover, it was an ordinary 'commercial off-the-shelf device' that managed to record the sounds, according to NASA.
Scan this image for the various pieces of my landing system, which did their jobs perfectly before coming to rest on Mars. Teams of experts poured years of work into each one. My safe landing is what tells you they nailed it.https://t.co/g1QIh0xIqZ
:camera:: @HiRISE#CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/2QoFWhKXQr
- NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021
It said: "A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20.
"About 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface."
As for why the rover has embarked on this epic quest, NASA said: "A key objective of Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.
"The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.
"Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.
"The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA's Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet."