Curiosity Self-Portrait at ‘Mojave’ on Mount Sharp.

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the “Mojave” site, where its drill collected the mission’s second taste of Mount Sharp. As you can see from the Curiosity Rover 360 degree selfie, the robot is about the size of a car and is exploring select parts of the Red Planet, Mars, as part of NASA‘s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL). Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral (LC-41), Florida on November 26, 2011 on board an Atlas V rocket. Curiosity landed on Mars on  August 6, 2012 and as of Feb 7, 2016 has spend a total of 1280 days on the Martian planet, performing experiments, taking measurements and of course taking photos. The Curiosity rover has even sent back a very cool “selfie” (click link to see full resolution image).

 

The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.

More about this image at http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=6976

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