To celebrate the latest bit of drilling on the Red Planet, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover posed for a selfie in the "Marias Pass" area of lower Mount Sharp. Not surprisingly, the view is stunning.
This shot is a bit different from previous Curiosity selfies, because the engineering team made a point to position the Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at the lowest point yet. By doing this, it essentially gives us a view of exactly what Curiosity sees from its level. The selfie was stitched together from more than a dozen pics, while the arm was digitally removed to increase visibility. The pics were taken on Aug. 5, during the 1,065th Martian day.
According to NASA, the rover is facing northeast, looking out over the plains from the crest of a 20-foot hill that it climbed to reach the Marias Pass. The upper levels of Mount Sharp can be seen behind the rover, while the northern rim of Gale Crater’s rests on the horizon on the left and right of the mosaic shot.