NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) launched a shocking “selfie” taken by the Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday.
In a tweet, the Curiosity group defined the picture was captured close to the spectacular rock formation named “Mont Mercou” after a mountain in France’s southern area.
“Wish you have been right here! This selfie was taken in entrance of ‘Mont Mercou,’ a rock formation that’s 20ft (6m) tall,” JPL posted, “It’s made up of 60 photos from my MAHLI digital camera and 11 photos from my Mastcam. Look shut sufficient to identify a brand new drill gap – my thirtieth pattern to this point.”
The selfie, taken earlier within the month, was posted alongside an additional pair of three-dimensional and panoramic photographs of the Martian panorama.
In a caption accompanying the picture, JPL defined that Curiosity had stitched collectively totally different photos to create the selfie in entrance of the 20-foot-tall rock outcrop.
“The panorama is made up of 60 photos taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the rover’s robotic arm on March 26, 2021, the 3070th Martian day, or sol, of the mission,” they wrote. “These have been mixed with 11 photos taken by the Mastcam on the mast, or ‘head,’ of the rover on March 16, 2021, the three,060th Martian day of the mission.”
Curiosity landed on Mars’ floor on Aug. 6, 2012, at 1:32 am ET.
Visible to the left of the rover is a gap the place its robotic drill sampled a rock named by the scientists as “Nontron” — a village in southeastern France.
Nontron-related nicknames have been chosen as a result of Mars orbiters detected nontronite, a kind of clay mineral, within the area.
In a Tuesday news release from JPL, researchers defined that Curiosity’s drill had “powderized” the Nontron pattern earlier than “trickling it into devices contained in the rover.”
The course of was crucial to ensure that their science group to higher perceive the rock’s composition and historical past.
“This space is on the transition between the ‘clay-bearing unit’ Curiosity is departing and the ‘sulfate-bearing unit’ that’s forward on Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain that the rover has been rolling up since 2014,” they wrote.
“Scientists have lengthy thought this transition may reveal what occurred to Mars because it grew to become the desert planet we see in the present day,” added JPL.