This story is part of, our series exploring the red planet.
Hello, Mars, you're looking sharp. It's been a week since NASA's Perseverance rover . We've seen the glorious , the initial , and now a massive 360-degree, high-definition panorama showing Jezero Crater.
NASA released the panorama Wednesday, saying the image "reveals the crater rim and cliff face of an ancient river delta in the distance." Jezero, with its history of water, is a prime spot for the rover to perform its mission of seeking out signs of past microbial life on Mars.
The sweeping image is stitched together from 142 pictures captured by Perseverance's dual-camera Mastcam-Z system. It's only the rover's second panorama ever (), and it's the machine's first in high def.
"Mastcam-Z is a dual-camera system equipped with a zoom function, allowing the cameras to zoom in, focus, and take high-definition video, as well as panoramic color and 3D images of the Martian surface," said NASA.
The panorama is our first real taste of what the Mastcam-Z cameras can do. It's a stunning preview of what promises to be a pioneering mission.