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Curiosity Selfie
This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at "Namib Dune," where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune with a wheel and scooping samples of sand for laboratory analysis. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Curiosity Rover Poses for Another Martian Selfie

Jan 29, 2016

NASA released a self-portrait Friday taken by the Curiosity Mars rover.

Curiosity snapped its selfie as it explored the "Namib Dune," where the rover collects sand samples, according to NASA. The site is to the northwest of Mount Sharp, Curiosity's primary mission site.

The image was put together using 57 separate images taken with the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at the end of the car-sized robot's arm.

While wrist motions and other movements allowed the MAHLI to capture most of the rover and the scene around it, the arm where the camera rests is not in view. The image was taken on January 19 which is Curiosity's 1,228th day on Mars.

This isn't the first selfie that the rover has taken during its mission. Curiosity took a snap of itself to celebrate its one Martian year anniversary (687 days) on the planet in 2014.

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