NASA’s Curiosity rover just lately conquered its steepest ever slope, making it to the highest of an space referred to as the Greenheugh Pediment, a sheet of rock on the high of a hill. This made the right alternative to seize a picture of the scene slightly below the highest of the hill, with the rover capturing one other fascinating selfie earlier than it took off up the slope.
You may see a large, high-resolution model of the picture right here.
This selfie was taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 26, 2020 (the two,687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission). The crumbling rock layer on the high of the picture is “the Greenheugh Pediment,” which Curiosity climbed quickly after taking the picture. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
To create a Curiosity selfie, the picture is stitched collectively from a number of pictures in a panorama format. This specific picture consists of a complete of 86 pictures that had been edited collectively to create the ultimate picture.
These pictures had been captured by the digicam on the top of the rover’s robotic arm, referred to as the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). The digicam is turned in all completely different instructions, taking pictures because it goes. With its job full, a canopy slides over the MAHLI to guard it from mud. Then, as a result of there are such a lot of pictures obtainable for the panorama, the workforce is ready to edit out the rover’s arm to depart a picture of Curiosity alone within the Martian panorama.
“We get requested so usually how Curiosity takes a selfie,” Doug Ellison, a Curiosity digicam operator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, mentioned in a weblog publish. “We thought one of the simplest ways to elucidate it could be to let the rover present everybody from its personal viewpoint simply the way it’s finished.”
The video displaying the method of taking a selfie is in black and white as a result of it was recorded utilizing one in all Curiosity’s Navigation Cameras, situated on the mast, which seize pictures solely in black and white.
The rover has a complete of seventeen cameras on board, together with these two black and white navigation cameras, the Distant Micro Imager which is a part of the ChemCam instrument, two coloration cameras on the mast which took the selfie pictures, and twelve cameras on the rover physique and mast for hazard avoidance and different capabilities, plus one an honest imaging digicam.