Although NASA hasn’t heard back from its Opportunity rover since a dust storm enveloped the planet of Mars last year, the space agency’s Curiosity rover continues business as usual.
Curiosity has been exploring Mount Sharp’s Vera Rubin Ridge for more than a year due to its significance to scientific exploration. But NASA decided that it was time to move on, and so the Curiosity rover descended from the ridge and is headed to its next target.
Before Curiosity left, it captured a 360-degree panorama of its surroundings; NASA compiled that panorama into a 360-degree video and shared it to YouTube over the weekend. Unlike a standard video, viewers can click and drag inside of the video frame to see around the rover.
As you pan around, NASA highlights points of interest and describes their meanings. Some of those include the Clay Unit that Curiosity will explore during 2019, the drill holes left by Curiosity along the way, and the Gale Crater rim and floor off in the horizon.