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NASA's Curiosity Rover Mars Selfie an Amazing New Shot

NASA's Curiosity Rover Mars Selfie an Amazing New Shot

Dozens of pictures were used to create the image, which spans many kilometres. This week, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shared one taken by the Curiosity Mars rover, which is now exploring the red planet.

Poking up just behind Curiosity's mast is Mount Sharp, photobombing the robot's selfie. Literally. From its perch on a ridge partway up Mount Sharp, Curiosity has snapped a panorama of Gale Crater, capturing numerous geological features the rover has explored and investigated over the years.

Climbing "Vera Rubin Ridge" provided NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this sweeping vista of the interior and rim of Gale Crater, including much of the rover's route during its first five-and-a-half years on Mars and features up to about 50 miles (85 kilometers) away.

The photo itself is actually a mosaic of images taken on January 23, 2018 by Curiosity's Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI), and Curiosity's arm or the MAHLI camera aren't in the shot.

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The team is preparing to resume use of Curiosity's drill for acquiring powdered rock samples to be analysed by laboratory instruments inside the rover, more than a year after the most recent of the 15 times the drill has pulled sample material from Martian rocks.

Curiosity landed on the floor of the 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale in August 2012 and has been working its way up through Mount Sharp's foothills since September 2014. Directly behind the rover is the start of a clay-rich slope scientists are eager to begin exploring.

The Curiosity is NASA's longest running rover, and has travelled more than 45 kilometres since 2004.

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There, NASA believes the layers that form the mountain base collected in the presence of water on the planet, said the release.

It's now exploring the Perseverance Valley - where the new pictures were taken - which is a giant channel that scientists say was likely carved by a fluid.

Parts of this story originally appeared in The Sun and have been republished with permission.