NASA's Curiosity Rover sends a stunning selfie back from the surface of Mars as it prepares to explore new regions of the red planet.
- Curiosity used a robotic arm to take dozens of pictures stitched together at Vera Rubin's Rock Hall drilling site
- The NASA rover has returned annual self-portraits since landing on Mars in 2012.
NASA's Curiosity Rover has released a brand new selfie from the surface of Mars.
The unbelievable snapshot was taken at the Rock Hall Drill earlier this month on the Vera Rubin Ridge, where the Mars rover has been in for nearly a year.
With the dry terrain of the Red Planet, the scene is dustier than usual due to a storm in the area.
Curiosity has left the location site to investigate the sound region of the Red Planet at Mount Sharp.
Selfie: The incredible snapshot was taken earlier this month Rock Hall drill site of the Vera Rubin Ridge, where the Mars rover was located for nearly a year
The latest picture is the first ever since the US government reopened after a month-long shutdown.
Curiosity's Selfie consists of 57 individual snapshots taken by the rover's Mars hand lens imager (MAHLI), a camera at the end of the robotic arm of the rover.
The pictures were then put together into a single panorama.
This is not the first selfie that Curiosity sends back from Mars because the robot has successfully returned every year since arriving to Mars in 2012.
The first surface was taken on the airfield on October 31, 2012 after 84 days and consisted of 55 separate images taken by the same camera.
Such images allow Nasa's engineers and scientists to check Rover's health and determine if the thick red dust on the surface of Mars is causing it.
2015: This previous selfie from Nasas Curiosity-Rover above was assembled from dozens of images to clear out the robotic arm that took the picture
. In addition, they can see the surrounding landscape to look for potential hazards that could pose a threat to the rover.
When Curiosity landed on Mars for the first time, she used a Side-A computer.
However, five years ago there were hardware and software issues and the team changed it to page B.
The affected part of page A was then quarantined so that the rover could continue to store data and event records.
The team decided to switch again last month after the memory anomaly.
WHAT IS THE MARS CURIOSITY ROVER AND WHAT HAS IT REACHED?
The Mars Curiosity Rover was originally launched from Cape Canaveral, an American Air Force Station in Florida on November 26, 2011.
After a 560 million-kilometer journey, the $ 1.8 billion research vehicle only sailed 2.4 kilometers up. away from the intended landing point.
After a successful landing on 6 August 2012, the Rover has covered about 18 km.
It was launched at the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the Rover accounted for 23 percent of the total mission.
With 80 kg of scientific instruments on board, the Rover weighs a total of 899 kg and is powered by a plutonium fuel source.
The rover is 2.9 meters long, 2.7 meters wide and 2.2 meters high.
The Mars Curiosity Server was originally intended as a two-year mission to collect information that should help answer whether the planet could sustain life, has liquid water, studied the climate and geology of Mars more than 2,000 days active
The rover was originally scheduled to be a two-year mission to gather information to answer if the planet's Le ben, liquid water has studied the climate and geology of Mars.
Because of its success, the mission has been extended indefinitely and has been active for over 2,000 days.
The rover has several scientific instruments on board, including the Mastcam, which consists of two cameras and can be high resolution images and videos in true color.
On the journey of a robot-sized robot, he encountered so far on an ancient stream bed, in the former flowed liquid water. Shortly thereafter, he also discovered that billions of years ago, a nearby area known as Yellowknife Bay was part of a lake that could have supported microbial life.