Mars Rover Selfie

Mars Rover Selfie

 

NASA’s Mars rover ‘Curiosity’ used a camera at the end of its robotic arm to take this self-portrait. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) recorded dozens of separate images that were combined by scientists to create this view. The arm is not shown in this picture. Curiosity is seen at a site called ‘Windjana’, within a science waypoint site called ‘The Kimberley’ where sandstone layers with different degrees of resistance to wind erosion are exposed close together. The Mast Camera (Mastcam) atop the rover’s remote sensing mast is pointed at holes drilled in the rock by Curiosity. The images were taken on the 613th and 627th Martian ‘days’ since Curiosity’s arrival on the Red Planet, or 27th April and 12th May 2014 in Earth time.

Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

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