May 4, 2021
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took this 360-degree panorama atop the “Mont Mercou”, a rock formation that offered a view of the Gale crater below. The panorama is stitched from 132 individual images taken on April 15, 2021, the 3,090th Martian day, or sun, of the mission. The panorama was balanced with white so that the colors of the rocky materials resemble what would appear under the daylight conditions on Earth.
The rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, provided the panorama. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam. A division of Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, built the Curiosity rover and manages the Curiosity rover for the agency’s Science Mission Directory in Washington.