Curiosity Mars rover takes selfie during record climb

  • Curiosity Mars rover takes selfie during record climb

Curiosity Mars rover takes selfie during record climb

According to NASA, the slope tilted the rover by about 31 degrees. Before the rover tried the daring climbs the pedimentIt took a moment to mark the occasion with a new selfie taken on February 26. Earlier this month, the rover traversed the steepest hill it has encountered on the mountain. And before doing that, the rover took a selfie, capturing the scene just below Greenheugh.

This annotated model of the selfie reveals the rover close to the Hutton drill gap. These images are then stitched together to create one complete photo. The selfie captures the rover about 11 feet (3.4 meters) below the point where it climbed onto the crumbling pediment.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity just climbed its steepest Red Planet slope to date, after snapping a nice selfie that gives us a better appreciation of the achievement.

After taking the cute selfie though, Curiosity reached the top of Greenheugh Pediment on March 6, after three drives. The rover is never in danger of tilting so much that it would flip over - Curiosity's rocker-bogie wheel system enables it to tilt up to 45 degrees safely - but the steep drives do cause the wheels to spin in place. Like most celebrities that share how they perform their menial tasks, now, Curiosity has shared how it clicks a selfie.

Curiosity landed inside Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater in August 2012, on a $2.5 billion mission to determine if the area could ever have supported microbial life. Before it scaled the daunting task, the rover used its Mars Hand Lens Camera (MAHLi) mounted on the turret at the end of its arm to capture a selfie.

The reason for so many images is that, MAHLI only captures a small area in one shot as its main objective is to provide close-up view of sand grains and rock textures, acting like a magnifying glass.

Aside from scientific purposes, the rover can also take selfies using the MAHLI. This is done by rotating the camera into multiple positions in order to take multiple photos of Curiosity and its surroundings.