NASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Selfie On Martian Dune

Posted: Feb 2 2016, 5:22am CST | by , Updated: Feb 2 2016, 8:44pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Selfie on Martian Dune
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The latest image is a combination of 57 separate images and at least a third that has been beamed back to Earth since the start of Curiosity's mission to Mars in 2012.

NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently investigating Mars’ geological properties; scooping and collecting samples from active terrestrial dunes. However, it never forgets to take time out and have some less serious work.

The robot has snapped a self-portrait on Namib dune on Mars and it’s at least the third image that Curiosity rover beamed back to Earth since landing on the planet nearly four years ago.

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The latest selfie is a combination of 57 separate images taken on Jan. 19 by Mars Hand Lens Imagers camera or (MAHLI) which is being held by the robot in one of its arm. The image provides a fascinating look at the rover’s surrounding, the active sandy dune and its dark surface.

In August 2015, rover sent back a selfie after drilling a Martian rock called “Bucksin.” Then, in June 2014, it snapped a self-portrait upon the completion of a full Martian Year stay.

Curiosity rover has been monitoring Mars’ atmosphere since august 2012 while it begun close-up investigation of planet’s active dunes in December last year, making it the first ever trip of a rover to any sandy dune beyond Earth. The main objective of the mission is to examine shifting dunes on Mount Sharp, studying how the wind moves and sorts sand particles on Mars.

“These dunes have a different texture from dunes on Earth. The ripples on them are much larger than ripples on top of dunes on Earth and we don’t know why.” Nathan Bridges, a plainer of robot’s dune campaign said last year.

The findings of Curiosity rover will help understand the climate of Red Planet and also determine whether the planet is habitable or host life.

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