Martian Rover Curiosity Takes A New Selfie At Vera Rubin Ridge.
Over the past six years, NASA’s Martian rover Curiosity has sent back thousands of amazing images from our red planet neighbor. Most recently, the rover traveled to the Vera Rubin Ridge and took another selfie.
Check out this 360-degree image that our friend Andrew Bodrov created from the images Curiosity sent back.
Selfie at Vera Rubin Ridge
Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 1943
According to Bodrov, “this panorama combines 61 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 1943 of Curiosity’s work on Mars (January 23, 2018). BW background addition: rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera, Sol 1903.
Having spent 1943 sols on the surface of Mars, Curiosity is in its 6th Earth year on Mars, but it is in its 3rd Mars year of exploration.
Over the weekend Curiosity completed a drive that took her to the very southern edge of Vera Rubin Ridge, so we have downhill slopes directly in front of and around the side of the rover, though we plan to continue exploring the ridge for a while.”
Here are a few images we created with 81 of the images Curiosity sent back from the red planet.
You can view more 360-degree virtual reality images here.
Main image credits: NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Credit for stitching the images into a panoramic on 360cities.net and feature image: Andrew Bodrov
Credit for stitching images into panoramic and little planet with black areas: Jason Perrone (SpaceNews360)