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Curiosity takes stunning self-portrait

Posted on Monday, 5 November, 2012 | Comment icon 28 comments

Image credit: NASA

NASA's Curiosity rover has used its robotic arm to take a detailed photograph of itself on Mars.

One of the advantages of Curiosity over previous Mars rovers is its ability to photograph itself so that engineers can get an idea of its status while trekking across the dunes of the Red Planet. These self-portrait pictures help to determine the state of the wheels as well as see how much dust has built up on the rover since it landed back in August.

The latest photograph shows the rover at a location known as 'Rocknest', the spot at which the first scoops up Martian soil were dug up for analysis. Mount Sharp can also be seen looming in the background.

"The mosaic shows the rover at "Rocknest," the spot in Gale Crater where the mission's first scoop sampling took place."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by DONTEATUS on 11 November, 2012, 19:27
ITs other worldly ! I too Love the FACTS that we can do this !
Comment icon #20 Posted by thalassinus on 12 November, 2012, 20:00
sorry if im an idiot... but in the second picture... is that spose to be itself taking a pic of itself...because you can see the whole robot in the second pic and there is no arm or anything that is not in the shot. or is something else taking it that i dont know about? i dont really listen to all this NASA stuff. So if there were 5 robots on the planet, then i would not know. lol EDIT.....oops.... should of read the comments first! Sorry to be repetitive.
Comment icon #21 Posted by joc on 12 November, 2012, 20:06
Don't are not an idiot. Consider for a moment however that you were an idiot. You wouldn't know you were an you wouldn't be apologizing for thinking that maybe you were an idiot and if you were not an idiot then no apologizing for being an idiot would be necessary. Phew....
Comment icon #22 Posted by DONTEATUS on 13 November, 2012, 3:33
BAck to the Mars Thread ,Are there anymore photos Waspie ?
Comment icon #23 Posted by psyche101 on 13 November, 2012, 4:15
You know that is a darn good question. It's like someone at NASA is feeding the conspiracy theorists, and we all know what they say Curiosity killed the cat! What the hell that cat was doing on Mars in the first place I have no idea!
Comment icon #24 Posted by pallidin on 13 November, 2012, 5:00
Yeah, the second picture clearly shows absolutely no attachment to the camera. You can see the ground! I would say that the boom IS there, but was edited-out for clarity. After all, these are mosaic pictures.
Comment icon #25 Posted by DONTEATUS on 14 November, 2012, 1:45
Im sure Waspie is right after all He does work for the Man ! we cant doubt what we poor commoners get afterall ! But As for the Cat ? Well Its got the Monkey by the Tail and I know they go underground and eat figs that grow near the rivers that flow deep down under.As for THe Martians well there mostlikely moved to Earth ! To grove with us Hyperintelligent types !
Comment icon #26 Posted by AyeKay on 15 November, 2012, 15:15
Ok so how is a gaget gonna take a full pic of its self with a remote control on mars?um theres something wrong here...
Comment icon #27 Posted by DONTEATUS on 16 November, 2012, 4:00
THat last one is going to drive Waspie nutter ! AyeKay welcome to the Forum !Its really a great place for the grey matter !

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