A Robotic ‘Selfie’ from Mars
The Curiosity Mars rover has been moving around the lower part of Mount Sharp on the red planet. NASA engineers had it take a self-portrait this past month, which shows the surrounding Martian landscape, too.
According to a news release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the arm holding the camera was moved out of the frame in the several photos that were stitched together to create the view. To give you an idea of size, NASA officials often describe the 6-wheeled rover as "car-sized."
JPL says the rover is in the "Murray Buttes" area and now will start moving farther up the mesa, taking measurements and photos all the way.
NASA sent the rover to Mars on November 26, 2011, and it landed in August 6, 2012.
NASA has an extensive website dedicated to Curiosity, which also links to websites for the other robots exploring the planet.