NASA's Curiosity Rover Takes This Gorgeous Selfie On Mars

Posted: Oct 4 2016, 11:29pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA's Curiosity Rover Takes This Gorgeous Selfie on Mars
This September 2016 self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Quela" drilling location in the scenic "Murray Buttes" area on lower Mount Sharp. The panorama was stitched together from multiple images taken by the MAHLI camera at the end of the rover's arm. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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The selfie taken by the robot show the rugged and breathtaking mountainous landscape of the red planet.

The Curiosity Rover by NASA is a pro when it comes to taking selfies. Not just any ordinary selfies, but gorgeous selfies taken on another planet altogether.

That’s right the Rover sent home a selfie showing the landscape of Mars in stark details of rugged mountains. The six wheeled robot will continue its newly extended journey on Mars for some time.

The one selfie is actually composed of 60 other images the Curiosity rover took between the 17th and 20th of September, 2016. The pictures were taken while the rover was drilling into Martian rocks after landing at a site now dubbed Quela.

Quela is situated in the foothills of the 5 km high Mount Sharp on Mars, where the rover will also perform other planned activities. Queal is also believed to be a spot where billions of years ago a system of lakes used to run on Mars.

According to the mission scientists in the next years and onwards the rover will drive over the upper half of the Quela also known as the Murray formation.

The mission of the Curiosity cost NASA more than $2.5 billion and it touched down on Mars' 96-mile-wide Gale Crater back in August 2012. The aim of the mission was to find whether the region had once been capable of hosting life.

The rover reached the Mount Sharp in September 2014 after a 14 month long trip from its landing position. First the rover reached the foothills of Mount Sharp which is a very significant place since it holds a history of Mars' transition.

The rover had been slowly climbing the mountain for the last two years and will continue driving over the landscape for the next two years, according to

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