Following the selfie trend, American Space agency NASA’s Curiosity rover has sent some beautiful selfies from the red planet, Mars. Curiosity clicked the selfies with the help of its 7-foot-long robotic hand.
These selfies were taken while the probe went down to drill into Martian rock known as “Buckskin.” Curiosity boasts 17 cameras to snap a photo, more than any other probe sent by NASA on interplanetary mission.
The Little Rover: The circular version of my recent selfie inspired this work by MAHLI's Megan Kennedy Wu. Merci! pic.twitter.com/8ZVMqiTVF4
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 21, 2015
Curiosity clicked the images with the help of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a hand lens that helps a geologist in the field identify the minerals in a rock. After shooting the selfies on August 5, which was also its 1065th day on the red planet, all the images were stitched together in which Curiosity is standing on top of rocks on the red planet. Since, Curiosity took several photos for different angles and scientists stitched the images, the selfie stick isn’t visible in the photo.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 19, 2015
The selfie image shown in the tweet above is a low angle photo clicked by Curiosity as its lower portion is visible in the photo.
Curiosity rover is size of a car that was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011. It landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6 2012. The rover’s mission is to investigate climate and geology on Martian surface. Curiosity will also search for water on the Martian surface.