You don't have to be in a Space Shuttle to experience the Red Planet. These days, even the Mars rover Curiosity is posting on Facebook.
US space agency Nasa shared on Sunday (Jan 31) a video with a 360-degree view of Mars.
The video was produced by stitching together hundreds of photos taken by Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover, using technology created by the 360 video team at Facebook, its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the social network.
By tilting one's smartphone or dragging on the video with one's finger or a cursor, the viewer can "rotate" the video, and see the surface of Mars surrounding the Curiosity rover at different angles.
The sensation is akin to having a periscope on one's phone that offers a peek at another planet about 55 million kilometres away.
Facebook user Tim Moores posted a response to the video: "Absolutely incredible! To think that I can view Mars on my phone and 20 years ago, I couldn't even send a text with one."
The 360 video feature was introduced in September last year. Facebook said then that the aim of its video feature was to allow users to "look around and experience it as if you were there".