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Curiosity Mars rover takes stunning selfie during record climb

Curiosity Mars rover takes stunning selfie during record climb”

That world occurs to be Mars, and "the highest" is a perch on a sloping rock layer referred to as Greenheugh Pediment.

The footage has been sped-up by 130x so you can imagine just how long it would've taken to get that ideal selfie.

This annotated version of the selfie shows the rover near the Hutton drill hole. Those images are then stitched together to create the final selfie. The Greenheugh Pediment is above the rover and its climbing vacation spot is marked to the appropriate.

Curiosity is the only NASA rover working on Mars right now, but hopefully it will soon join it. Perseverance, which is scheduled for release in July.

After taking the cute selfie though, Curiosity reached the top of Greenheugh Pediment on March 6, after three drives. During the second drive, the rover tilted at 31-degrees, the most it has ever achieved and second only to the 32-degree record set in 2016 by the now dead Opportunity.

This selfie was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on February 26, 2020 (the 2,687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).

Since 2014, Curiosity has been navigating through Mount Sharp, which is a 5-mile-tall mountain sitting at the center of the Gale crater. The arm and turret along with it were moved to face the rover and had to be moved a lot to capture the 86 images. The rover is never in danger of tilting so much that it would flip over - Curiosity's rocker-bogie wheel system enables it to tilt up to 45 degrees safely - but the steep drives do cause the wheels to spin in place.

Curiosity has been on Mars since 2012 and continues to look for signs of ancient microbial life.

After completing its objective, Curiosity took a photo of itself using its Mars Hand Lens Camera (MAHLI), which is installed at the end of its robotic arm. Because each MAHLI image covers only a small area, it requires many images and arm positions to fully capture the rover and its surroundings. "We thought the best way to explain it would be to let the rover show everyone from its own point of view just how it's done".

As noted by NASA, the rover retrieved a sample from the bedrock.



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