NASA rover selfie is full of marvelous Mars morsels, including drill holes and a cracked rock

This Curiosity rover selfie picture options the rover overlooking its drilling handiwork in October 2020.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

The human creativeness is not certain by Earth, and there is no higher reminder of the worlds past our planet than a contemporary selfie from Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover is looking sharp in a new view shared on Monday. 

The selfie is courtesy of Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) digital camera and citizen scientist Kevin Gill’s capacity to sew a number of photos into an entire image of the rover. Gill can also be a software program engineer who describes himself as a “knowledge wrangler” at NASA-JPL. 

There are a variety of enjoyable tidbits to discover on this picture. For starters, the rover is chilling with a set of three drill holes seen simply to its left. One in every of these (on the far left fringe of the formation) is a broken rock at a location named “Groken.” The rock cracked when Curiosity drilled into it.

Subsequent, check out Curiosity’s center wheel and take a look at the cracks it is developed from lengthy years toiling atop the tough Martian panorama. It would look unhealthy, however the rover is actually working just fine and NASA has found out methods to mitigate the injury.  

We additionally get a stunning view of Curiosity’s environment the place it is exploring contained in the Gale Crater. If it appears to be like a little bit hazy within the distance, that could be as a result of Mars is into its dusty season when the wind whips up mud devils and the sky can flip opaque.

Curiosity’s mission of exploration continues as we look ahead to its sibling, the Perseverance rover, to achieve Mars in February 2021. Then we will sit up for double the Mars selfies.

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Amanda Kooser