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NASA's Curiosity Rover Mars Selfie an Amazing New Shot

NASA's Curiosity Rover Mars Selfie an Amazing New Shot
NASA's Curiosity rover took this new selfie on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 04:22 PM

The NASA Curiosity rover sent back a selfie it took on Mars in late January that featured 3.4-mile-high Mount Sharp in the background. 

The selfie was taken from Vera Rubin Ridge partway up Mount Sharp and shows red terrain behind the rover with the distant peak of Mount Sharp partly obscured by part of the rover, Space.com reported.

The rover has been exploring the Gale region of Mars since 2012 and has been in the foothills of Mount Sharp since September 2014. The image was taken Jan. 23 and released Jan. 31 by NASA. 

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, Space.com reported. 

The image is actually a compilation of dozens of photos captured by Curiosity’s Hands Lens Imager, an instrument that is at the end of Curiosity’s 7-foot-long robotic arm, which does not appear in the image.

NASA plans to launch another lander toward Mars in May 2018. The lander will contain a robotic geologist named InSight that will conduct further studies.

Curiosity rover’s Twitter account also let the public know about the selfies. 

Plenty of Twitter users tweeted back at Curiosity, many talking to it like a person. 

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