Curiosity stuurt selfie vanop Mars

This NASA image released August 20, 2015 shows a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover revealing the vehicle above the "Buckskin" rock target, where the mission collected its seventh drilled sample. The site is in the "Marias Pass" area of lower Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on August 5, 2015, during the 1,065th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The 92 component images are among MAHLI Sol 1065 raw images. For scale, the rover's wheels are 20 inches (50 centimeters) in diameter and about 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The rover is facing northeast, looking out over the plains from the crest of a 20-foot (6-meter) hill that it climbed to reach the Marias Pass area. The upper levels of Mount Sharp are visible behind the rover, while Gale Crater’s northern rim dominates the horizon on the left and right of the mosaic. This selfie at Buckskin does not include the rover's robotic arm beyond a portion of the upper arm held nearly vertical from the shoulder joint. Shadows from the rest of the arm and the turret of tools at the end of the arm are visible on the ground. With the wrist motions and turret rotations used in pointing the camera for the component images, the arm was positioned out of the shot in the frames or portions of frames used in this mosaic. AFP PHOTO/NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS = / AFP / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS / HO

Curiosity, de robot die al sinds 2012 op Mars rondrijdt, heeft zijn eerste selfie gemaakt. De Amerikaanse ruimtevaartorganisatie NASA gaf de foto vrij. 

De robot poseert voor de foto voor de Namibduin. Het beeld bestaat uit maar liefst 57 verschillende foto’s gemaalt met een 2 megapixelcamera. Door de foto’s samen te voegen is jammer genoeg de arm van de robot verdwenen.

Curiosity legde al een afstand af van tien kilometer.