Stunning Martian Selfie Before NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Completes Record Climb - SciTechDaily

James Marshall
March 25, 2020

After completing its record-setting accomplishment, the NASA rover took a new selfie with its special camera.

That world occurs to be Mars, and "the highest" is a perch on a sloping rock layer referred to as Greenheugh Pediment.

Curiosity is the only NASA rover working on Mars right now, but hopefully it will soon join it. Perseverance, which is scheduled for release in July. Those images are put together to create the final selfie.

Curiosity is presently (since 2014) conducting its business on the Red Planet in a region called Mount Sharp, and as part of it mission at the beginning of March it had to complete the climb of a slope that at one point presented it with a 31-degrees tilt.

"Curiosity finally reached the top of the slope March 6 (the 2,696th Martian day, or sol, of the mission)", NASA said in a statement.

This selfie was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on February 26, 2020 (the 2,687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).

Anotated version of the Curiosity Selfie. Rover operators at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California carefully map out each drive to make sure Curiosity will be safe.

Before the climb, Curiosity used the black-and-white Navigation Cameras located on its mast to, for the first time, record a short movie of its "selfie stick", otherwise known as its robotic arm.

If you're curious about how Curiosity manages to take selfies on Mars, check out NASA's new video on the process, which requires the use of the robotic arm to capture 86 images.

Curiosity landed inside Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater in August 2012, on a $2.5 billion mission to determine if the area could ever have supported microbial life.

The reason for so many images is that, MAHLI only captures a small area in one shot as its main objective is to provide close-up view of sand grains and rock textures, acting like a magnifying glass. This is done by rotating the camera into multiple positions in order to take multiple photos of Curiosity and its surroundings.

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