The NASA Curiosity rover takes a new “ selfie ” on Mars and two panoramic images

While there has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about NASA Perseverance and companion Ingenuity, there is another rover still active on Mars! We are obviously referring to NASA Curiosity which continues research operations after more than 3050 Martian days on the red planet. In the last few days the Martian rover a new one was taken “selfie” to allow to evaluate the overall state (but also for disclosure).

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The “selfie” consists of 60 images taken by the MAHLI (acronym for Mars Hand Lens Imager). This instrument is located on the rover’s robotic arm while the shots are dated March 26, 2021 equal to the 3070th Martian day. There are also eleven images taken by the Mastcam which is on the “head” of the rover and dated March 16, 2021.

NASA Curiosity’s new selfie on Mars

In the new mosaic of images you can see the rover covered in Martian dust with damage to the wheels (which still resist anyway). This possibility is offered thanks to the robotic arm, which is not seen in the photographs, and the composition of several shots.

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NASA Curiosity has taken over 780,000 images since arriving on Mars with its various cameras. Just in the last few days there are also two new three-dimensional views of a rock face that is in its vicinity. It is obviously a way to give new elements of study to geologists on Earth.

As reported by NASA, the rover it was directed towards a rock formation, about 6 meters high, nicknamed by scientists “Mont Mercou” (a mountain in France). Also the rover has made a new sampling (the thirtieth since the start of the mission) which has been called “Nontron” due to the nontronite mineral discovered in the French region and which was detected by orbiters in the region. The hole can also be seen in the “selfie” in the anterior area (it has a slight greyish color).

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The fragmentation and sample collection system of NASA Curiosity he pulverized it and then deposited it inside the scientific instruments of rover. The area in which it is currently located is that of transition between a section with a prevalence of clay and one with sulphates. This is an interesting area because in this section you could get answers on the desertification that has hit Mars.

As written above, there are also new overviews. Thanks to the Mastcam camera that captured a section 40 meters away. With the technique used it was also possible to recreate a stereoscopic effect allowing for greater “immersion” of researchers and users. There is also a 360 ° panorama of the Mont Mercou so you can hear “his mars”.

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