This picture may look tiny and lacking in details, but that's only because I shrank the original down to fit the blog: this is actually a mammoth 10,000 x 5900 pixel panorama
of the Martian surface! It's composed of 79 of the 1200 x 1200 Mastcam high-res pictures taken of the surrounding landscape - there are 130 of these pictures taken in total, but at this time not all of them have been sent back to Earth. The black areas are where we're still awaiting the data.
This image needs to be seen in full resolution to be believed. It's incredible
. The rover in the immediate foreground, the flat plain with countless scattered rocks, the rim of Gale crater in the background... Mars is an alien planet, a dry, inhospitable, lonely one, and this picture drives that point home. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS