July 9th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Mars rover captures Martian panorama

NASA has celebrated two Martian milestones by revealing a stunning new 360-degree panoramic image of the planet's surface, taken by a camera on board the venerable Mars rover Opportunity.

Opportunity was one of two rovers sent to Mars in 2003 for a mission originally expected to last just three months. While Opportunity's sister craft, Spirit, stopped functioning in 2010, Opportunity is still going strong. It passed its 3,000th day on the planet last week.

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July 9th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Earth as you've never seen it before

Happy Monday! Check out This is Our Planet from Tomislav Safundžić on Vimeo (the music is "Intro" by The XX):

This time-lapse video was compiled from photos from the International Space Station.

Safundžić is an 18-year-old from Croatia, according to his Vimeo page. The photography came from the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center.

The video has become a sensation on the Web.

Astronaut Col. Ron Garan, who spent part of last year aboard the International Space Station, posted the video to his Google+ page last week with the endorsement "Well worth the 2 minutes!"

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