Nokyoung Xayasane
December 28, 2012

Mars Rover Curiosity Is the King of Selfies


NASA’s rover Curiosity has only one mission: To determine if its Mars landing site could’ve supported microbial life. But, like anyone else on a business vacation, Curiosity’s got a bit of downtime. So, the robot used its free moments on Mars to snap some sweet selfies.

The rover snapped 55 high-res photos using a Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a powerful camera that’s attached to Curiosity’s robotic arm. The rover’s arm moved into 55 different positions in one day to take the self-portrait.

According to, NASA scientists pieced the images together to create this stellar selfie. The first self-portrait was released in November, but this newer image captures even more of the rover’s surroundings.

What? No duck face? (Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

The art of the rover selfie was first practiced on Earth by Curosity’s stunt double. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

Curiosity’s earth-bound bro (Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS)

In the Mars photos, you can see Mount Sharp on the right. The 3-mile-high mountain is within the Gale Crater where Curiosity landed. The rover’s mission (if he chooses to accept it) is to explore the mountain’s foothills where there may be signs of past exposure to liquid water. If this is the case, the findings could make a sound argument for primitive microbial life existing on Mars.

Even if the mission yields no definitive results, at least Curosity has some selfies to cherish the memories.

Work it! (Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems)