'The next best thing to being there': NASA releases the most spectacular picture of Mars ever taken... in all its 360-degree glory

By Eddie Wrenn

PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 7 July 2012

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We might not be able to get there yet, but as NASA says, 'this is the next best thing'.

From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain where the voyaging robot spent the Martian winter.

This scene, recorded from the mast-mounted color camera includes the rover's own solar arrays and deck in the foreground, provides a sense of sitting on top of the rover and taking in the view.

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Excellent photo at link!