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A picture from Mars in (very) High Resolution 3D

The Mars Science Laboratory just released the first hi-res pictures of Mars taken by the stereoscopic 3D cameras on board of Curiosity. 

This 3-D image from NASA's Curiosity was taken from the rover's Bradbury Landing site inside Gale Crater, Mars, using the left and right eyes of its Navigation camera. The picture is in black and white, but required the red/blue glasses to be appreciated in stereoscopic 3D.

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Between the rover on the right, and its shadow on the left, looms the rover's eventual target: Mount Sharp. The mountain's highest peak is not visible to the rover from the landing site. This full-resolution, 360-degree stereo panorama was taken on sols 2 and 12 of the mission, or the 2nd and 12th Martian days since landing (Aug. 8 and 18, 2012). It requires viewing with the traditional red-blue 3-D glasses, with red going over the left eye. The right and left stereo pairs are also available for creating your own 3-D imagery.

If you click on the thumbnail image here above (or here) , you will open a new browser in your window with the full resolution image (7,824 x 3,337 pixels) but with jpeg compression. for an uncompressed image in tiff format, click here (note that the picture weights 78.35 Mb when uncompressed).

Browse to NASA's Mars Science lab page for more info or to download the separate left and right images.

For more about NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl, http://www.nasa.gov/mars, and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.