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Mars Curiosity Rover Commemorates One Martian Year Anniversary by Taking a Selfie

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Last Tuesday, on June 24th, NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover marked the one Martian year anniversary since it touched down on the red planet and began exploring. And what better way to commemorate this occasion when you’re alone some 57+ million miles away home than by taking a selfie?

Since landing on Mars on August 5th, 2012, a total of 687 Earth days or 669 sols have passed, giving the Red Planet enough time to take one full lap around the Sun. And so, over the course of April and May, the techs at NASA had Curiosity use the Mars Hand Lens Imager to snap several frames of itself, which were then stitched together into the shot you see below:

The full, uncropped picture. Side Note: The camera seen in the very middle of the image is the rover's Mastcam, the camera used to shoot Martian panoramas like this one.

The full, uncropped picture. Side Note: The camera seen in the very middle of the image is the rover’s Mastcam, the camera used to shoot Martian panoramas like this one.

Admittedly, it’s become something of a habit with the newest of the Mars rovers to beam down the occasional selfie-from-another-planet, but we can forgive the narcissism if you can.

(via APOD)


 
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  • Orny

    Where is the arm of the robot?!? :-(
    Strange…

  • boomer

    my thoughts exactly

  • DLCade

    We’ve mentioned it in previous Curiosity selfie posts, so we didn’t again here, but the arm is removed in post. These are mosaics of multiple images, and NASA leaves out the images with the arm in them.

  • Keiran Blackwell

    I knew they used multiple images to stitch together a final image.

  • Rob Elliott

    its how they leave out the Martian Villages too

  • JGDeRuvo

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Something is off here.

  • Keiran Blackwell

    And the towns and cities… :P

  • Keiran Blackwell

    The use of multiple exposures and stitching them together is such a clever way to not have to have a giant arm in the image. :)

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  • Rob Elliott

    don’t be silly the cities are all underground, only small villages of the Y’tgpe’er sect stay on the surface.