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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Takes A ‘Selfie’ On Mars

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The selfie fever isn’t just limited to Earth ! Now, NASA’s Curiosity Rover, which has been tasked with mapping the entire Martian surface over the years, took out some time and took an awesome, high-definition, low-angle selfie of itself, detailing Mars in even deeper dimensions.

The selfie combines several component images taken by Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Aug. 5, 2015, during the 1,065th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars. For scale, the rover’s wheels are 20 inches (50 centimeters) in diameter and about 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. This view is a portion of a larger panorama available at NASA’s photo journal here.

This low-angle self-portrait taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin” on lower Mount Sharp.

The image was taken by MAHLI, which is mounted at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. For this self-portrait, the rover team positioned the camera lower in relation to the rover body than for any previous full self-portrait of Curiosity. The view hence was able to capture Curiosity’s ‘belly’ along with its rest of the body.


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