Rover Curiosity sent a selfie from Mars

The Curiosity Rover sent a selfie from Mars. He made it after a record climb on a hill in the center of Gale Crater.

Before taking a selfie, NASA Curiosity rover walked a wide array of rocks located on a hilltop in the center of Gale Crater. The selfie that the rover sent was made with the help of a mechanical arm, it is captured about 3.5 m below the top of the hill.

To climb the hill, the rover needed three races, during the second of them the rover leaned 31 degrees. This is the maximum incline for the rover during its exploration of Mars.

Since 2014, Curiosity Rover has been exploring Mount Sharp, which is located in the center of Gale Crater. Mars rover operators at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California plan each trip to make sure Curiosity is not affected by their movement. This time, the rover could not roll over – the Curiosity wheel system allows it to safely tilt up to 45 degrees.

Earlier, Curiosity shot a panorama of Mars in the highest resolution compared to other photographs of the surface of the Red Planet ever made by man-made devices. The picture was collected from more than a thousand photos, and the number of pixels on it exceeds 1.8 million, the mission said.