NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Snaps Brilliant Selfie as Part of its Anniversary Celebrations

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 2:44PM
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 2:44PM
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Snaps Brilliant Selfie as Part of its Anniversary Celebrations
Last week marked the 3rd anniversary of Curiosity's arrival on Mars. As thousands of people down here on Earth celebrated the rover's achievements, Curiosity celebrated in its own special way, snapping the latest in a series of awe-inspiring selfies which have gradually become one of the hallmarks of its time on Mars.

Seen above, this particular shot was taken from a rocky outcrop called 'Lion', which sits at the top of the Marais Pass. Not far from this location is the site of one of Curiosity's more buzz-worthy shots, which made the headlines this week when UFO believers and conspiracy theorists claimed it showed a real life Martian that just so happened to look like a woman wearing a cloak. Of course, Curiosity didn't actually capture the world's first photo of extraterrestrial life, it was just a classic case of Martian pareidolia capturing the imaginations of some of the Internet's more fringe communities, but i does show just how closely this 1-ton science machine's progress is being tracked.


(The image that sent conspiracy theorists crazy - Credit: NASA/JPL - Caltech)


But enough of mysterious shapes. On the left side of Curiosity's latest selfie you can see the towering figure of Mt. Sharp, which is the Rover's main science target. With Mt.Sharp standing at around 3.4 miles high, Curiosity has already taken its first samples of the Martian behemoth, but the plan is to send the pioneering rover further up the mountain's base to take more samples in its quest to uncover the secrets of the Red Planet's past.

To keep up to date with Curiosity's process, you can use NASA JPL's 'Where is Curiosity Now?' tool, which gives you regularly updated satellite imagery of the plucky rover's route around the Gale Crater.




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