Still life with rover: Curiosity rover’s self-portrait on Mars

Have you seen the Mars rover Curiosity’s self-portrait yet? It’s amazing.

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars is indeed a marvelous machine. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the high-def 360-degreee panorama of Mars that the rover captured last week. The rover also released this self-portrait, showing its own deck as viewed by its Navigation camera. The back of the rover can be seen at the top left of the image, and two of the rover’s right side wheels can be seen on the left. The undulating rim of Gale Crater forms the lighter color strip in the background. Bits of gravel, about 0.4 inches (1 centimeter) in size, are visible on the deck of the rover.

NASA’s new Curiosity rover on Mars snapped its own self-portrait on August 8, 2012. Click here to expand image.

NASA says this mosaic is made of 20 images, each of 1,024 by 1,024 pixels, taken late at night on August 7 PDT (morning August 8 UTC).

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