Here’s a stunning ten-minute video of the surface of Mars composed of a series of images strung together (up to a thousand in one panorama), with the photos coming from three different rovers. The large panoramas are then scanned with a video camera, a technique made famous by Ken Burns in his documentaries.
I don’t know about you, but watching this, and seeing Mars in broad daylight, made me feel plenty weird. No human has set foot here, and perhaps, though the planet once had water, there was never life of any sort. And yet we fly spacecraft there and plant fiendishly clever rovers that roam the surface and show us what it’s like.
Will humans ever make it there (a seven-month trip one way)? I’ll never know.
Off to get a haircut!