Curiosity rover selfie marks a Martian year on the Red Planet

Date:26 June 2014 Tags:, , , , ,

On 24 June, Nasa’s Curiosity completed its first Martian year (687 Earth days) on the Red Planet. To mark this momentous occasion, the agency released a Curiosity rover selfie at the “Windjana” site.

Curiosity used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images where the rover drilled into Windjana, which were combined into this self-portrait.

Windjana is within a science waypoint site called “The Kimberley”, where sandstone layers with different degrees of resistance to wind erosion are exposed close together.

The view does not include the rover’s arm.  It does include the hole in Windjana produced by the hammering drill on Curiosity’s arm collecting a sample of rock powder from the interior of the rock.

The hole is surrounded by greyish cuttings on top of the rock ledge to the left of the rover.  The Mast Camera (Mastcam) atop the rover’s remote sensing mast is pointed at the drill hole.  The hole is 1,6 centimetres in diameter.

Source: Nasa


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