Mars Rover Offers Sweeping View
NASA creates composite image from 817 photos
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2012 4:00 PM CDT
A panoramic view of Mars, compiled from more than 800 images taken by NASA's Opportunity rover.   (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)

(Newser) – It's Mars as you've never seen it: NASA released a panoramic image this week of the planet's landscape, notes Wired. The rover Opportunity took 817 images from late 2011 until May 2012 as it sat parked for the winter, and the space agency used them to create the composite image of the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater. The press release notes that NASA used "false colors to emphasize differences between materials in the scene."