Nasa has transformed ‘selfies’ taken by its Mars rover Curiosity into a stunning self-portrait. The photo shows Curiosity in the middle of the dusty, red Martian terrain, with Mount Sharp in the background. The rim of Gale Crater is also visible. A small, self-focusing camera on the end of the research vehicle’s arm took the selfies, with dozens of pictures, all snapped on January 23, used to create the mosaic. This self-portrait or shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge, which it’s been investigating for the past several months. Directly behind the rover is the start of a clay-rich slope scientists are eager to begin exploring. In the coming week, Curiosity will begin to climb this slope. North is on the left and west is on the right, with Gale Crater’s rim on the horizon of both edges. Poking up just behind Curiosity’s mast is Mount Sharp, photobombing the robot’s selfie The new self-portrait, released by Nasa, shows the research vehicle on Mars’s Vera Rubin Ridge, which it has been investigating for the past several months. Curiosity has been roaming Mars since 2012, and its next stop is the slope shown directly behind it, where it will probe what’s believed… Read full this story
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