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Interactive panorama of Curiosity photos lets you take hi-rez Mars-walk

Navigate around this supercrisp 4-gigapixel spherical view and get up close and personal with the Red Planet.

Satisfy your Martian curiosity in an eyepoppingly hi-rez way with Estonian photographer Andrew Bodrov's lovingly stitched-together panorama. It could be the next best thing to being there. Screenshot by CNET

A stunning 4-gigapixel panorama of Mars, compiled from images captured by two mast cameras aboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, could be one of the most detailed views of our distant neighbor yet.

The panoramic picture of Gale Crater derives from 295 images that were digitally stitched together by Estonian photographer Andrew Bodrov. In its final form, the mosaic stretches out to an astounding 90,000 by 45,000-pixel resolution.

Despite some computer problems, Curiosity's mission continues to result in impressive discoveries. Several weeks ago, NASA analyzed a rock powder sample collected by the rover, and it contained the key components for supporting microbial life.

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