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Curiosity’s Billion-Pixel View | Space Wallpaper

Curiosity View From Rocknest 1920
This space wallpaper is a scaled-down version of a full-circle view, which combined nearly 900 images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS )

This space wallpaper is a scaled-down version of a full-circle view, which combined nearly 900 images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The view is centered toward the south. It shows Curiosity at the "Rocknest" site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand. Curiosity used three cameras to take the component images on several different days between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. This image was released June 19, 2013.

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