Latest in Science

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity rover takes a selfie on a Martian dune

Don't worry: there's no duckface in sight.
21 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Sponsored Links

Curiosity continues to explore the red planet almost four years since it landed in 2012. Over the course of its journey, it's taken the kind of selfies we don't mind seeing. Its latest self-portrait was captured at a place called "Namib Dune," part of a dark sand dune field northwest of Mount Sharp. What you see above is a composite of 57 images snapped on January 19th by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) attached to the end of the rover's arm -- think of it as a high-tech selfie stick.

Curiosity visited the dune to scoop up sand for lab analysis as part of NASA's efforts to understand how the Martian winds move. The space agency has been looking into its wind patterns for years to get a more complete view of the planet's environment, which will definitely be useful to the first human crew to set foot on Mars.

Source: NASA
In this article: curiosity, mars, nasa, science, space
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
21 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

View
T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

View
HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run

HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run

View
Microsoft plans to bring broadband to 9 million more Americans

Microsoft plans to bring broadband to 9 million more Americans

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr