Published: Sat, February 03, 2018
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Shares a Stunning Selfie From Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover Shares a Stunning Selfie From Mars

The mosaic of images was stitched together from 16 individual photos, and the result is a stunning, goosebump-inducing panorama.

Curiosity has been traveling around Vera Rubin Ridge but it will soon make its way to the slope pictured behind it that is clay-rich.

Released this week, the photo shows Curiosity in the middle of the dusty, red Martian terrain, with Mount Sharp in the background. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. To allow for a more detailed portrayal of the Martian topography, NASA adjusted white-balances to give the rocks a more natural look as if viewed under daylight conditions on Earth.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, pausing in its exploration of the red planet, snapped a selfie on the side of Mount Sharp, showing the floor of Gayle Crater below and the upper reaches of the 5.5-kilometer-high (3.4-mile-high ) mountain above. NASA says that its Curiosity team received the largest amount of data and images it had ever received from the rover last week.

Scientists believe the layers seen from the base of Mount Sharp were formed over millions of years in the presence of water inside the Gale Crater, reported.

Curiosity has been roaming Mars since 2012.

The Curiosity is NASA's longest running rover, and has travelled more than 45 kilometres since 2004.

It's now exploring the Perseverance Valley - where the new pictures were taken - which is a giant channel that scientists say was likely carved by a fluid. The lander will contain a robotic geologist named InSight that will conduct further studies.

Parts of this story originally appeared in The Sun and have been republished with permission.

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