Human Interest NASA Reveals Incredible New Imagery of Mars' Surface: A 'Feast for the Eyes' More than 1,000 images were snapped by NASA's Curiosity rover between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019 By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 6, 2020 02:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA is giving the world its best view of Mars yet. The space agency recently released its highest-resolution panorama images of the Red Planet’s surface, snapped by NASA’s Curiosity rover over the Thanksgiving break, between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. More than 1,000 photos, including an incredible 1.8-billion-pixel image, and a video were taken on Mars over the course of four days, showing the desolate and rocky area that the rover explored, NASA announced in a press release. “While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes,” Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which leads the Curiosity rover mission, said in the release. “This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama,” Vasavada added. NASA Announces Name for New Mars Rover That Was Suggested by Virginia Seventh Grader NASA said it was able to capture these stunning panorama images, which can be zoomed in, using the rover’s telephoto lens on its Mast Camera, or Mastcam. To include the rover’s deck and robotic arm in one of the lower-resolution shots, the space agency said it used a medium-angle lens with a nearly 650-million-pixel panorama. The panoramas also feature a clear view of Glen Torridon, a region on the side of Mars’ Mount Sharp that rises about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the base of Gale Crater, which the Curiosity rover has been climbing since 2014, according to NASA. NASA Is Hiring New Astronauts — Here’s How You Can Apply for a Trip to the Moon Scientists spent more than six and a half hours over the four days to capture the pre-programmed images. They also limited the photography time between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. local Mars time each day to ensure consistent lighting, according to the release. The new snapshots come seven years after NASA’s Curiosity captured a 1.3-billion-pixel panorama using Mastcam and its black-and-white Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, in 2013, NASA said. RELATED VIDEO: Close-Up Footage Shows Moment NASA Rocket Explodes After Takeoff The rover initially landed inside Mars’ Gale Crater in August 2012, according to Space.com. During that $2.5 billion mission — in which the Curiosity was determining whether Mars’ atmosphere could allow for microbial life to survive — the rover found evidence that Gale once hosted a continual lake-and-stream system that was habitable, the outlet reported.