NASA’s Curiosity Rover has snapped another stunning image on the red planet.
The Nuclear powered Rover snapped a selfie against the backdrop of a devastating dust storm on the Martian Surface. The massive storm is believed to cover more than a quarter of the planet.
The selfie image was taken in the Gale crater, a massive valley that is believed to have been a huge lake once.
In the background, we can clearly see a thick haze of particles that darken the Martian mountains and other rocky outcroppings that should usually be visible.
Unlike NASA’s Opportunity Rover, NASA’s Curiosity rover is weathering the storm and should make it through the massive weather anomaly without any issues.
However, NASA’s Opportunity Rover, one of NASA’s Veterans on the red planet, is in big trouble. Opportunity, which has been 5258 days on Mars strictly relies on a combination of solar cells and a rechargeable chemical battery.
NASA still does not know how much Opportunity will be affected by the storm, which is believed to eventually engulf the entire planet.
The Opportunity rover entered a low-power standby mode when the dust storm obscured the sun.
The image snapped by the Curiosity Rover was shared on Flickr by Seán Doran, who works with NASA’S Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena California to process its astronomical photography.
Curiosity’s selfie is, in fact, a composite of various shots taken by the rover, and processed by Mr. Doran.
Many people wonder how Curiosity can take selfies. Mr. Doran explains that: “It’s blended out of the shot. The arm moves around as it takes about 100 images to make a full 360 (degree image).”
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