NASA has shared an incredible new Curiosity rover selfie, marking its latest recorded activity on Mars. According to the space agency, Curiosity recently (and very successfully) hiked the incredibly steep part of Mars – the Greenhegh Pediment slope. Curiosity stopped just to capture a selfie to mark the moment.
According to NASA, the image was taken on February 26 th aboard the Curiosity rover on Mars, its 2678th Mars Day on the Red Planet. A rock is visible in the image, stuck on a steep hilltop. Pictured, the Hutton bore, and NASA shows the rover’s recent efforts to obtain a small sample of material for the bedrock that reached Mars.
The space agency explained that Curiosity captured the scene before climbing the ramp – and took some time to capture the black-and-white video, which showed how it captured the selfie using its robotic arm. As you might expect to see from the final image, NASA must stitch together many images to form a final image of 360 degrees – in this case, 86 snapshots are taken, but some panoramic photos require hundreds of snapshots.
Overall, Curiosity in the photo is located about 11 feet below the area where it will climb, a hike that was successfully completed on March 6. Curiosity tilted 31 degrees, the largest tilt ever on the surface of Mars. NASA assures the public that Curiosity will never be in a position where it is likely to capsize; in fact, it can handle angles of up to 45 degrees without risk. It was the latest move on Curiosity’s slow multi-year journey to The Three Mile-High Sharp.