[caption id="attachment_13153" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="A low-resolution segment of the gigapixel panorama. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS"] [/caption]During Barack Obama's first inauguration as president in 2009, photographer David Bergman snapped hundreds of photos to build a stunning mosaic of the event , comprising more than one billion pixels in total. Users of the clickable, zoomable Gigapan platform (where the inauguration mosaic has attracted more than 15 million views) dove into the image to pull out any number of embedded details, from celebrities in the crowd to an apparently dozing Clarence Thomas.
A new 1.3-billion-pixel image from NASAís Mars rover Curiosity allows viewers to zoom in and investigate part of the Red Planet in incredible detail.
[caption id="attachment_4163" align="alignleft" width="221" caption="The original pale blue dot - Earth from 3.7 billion miles away (NASA/JPL/Voyager)"] [/caption]One of the most enduring and captivating images from our exploration of space in the late 20th century was Voyager 1's mosaic of our own solar system - a family portrait from 3.7 billion miles away. Captured in these shots was a faint speck of bluish light, in one single pixel of Voyager's digital camera, the result of polarization and scattering of sunlight from a small and otherwise insignificant inner planet. This speck was us, and Carl Sagan's wickedly beautiful prose immortalized this hint of light as 'the pale blue dot' - encapsulating all that we had ever been to that moment.
Skip the gift card or ecard next time you want to send your thoughts and try Stitch, today's first app worth downloading. It lets you add music, images and your own text to your messages, as well as effects that can add motion. In the games department, we've got the role-playing title Sword & Glory, which is all about fighting guys with swords and being remembered through the ages, and Pinball Rocks HD, a pinball title that features tons of great rock songs.
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