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    NASA Posts Latest Self-Portrait of Curiosity

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    A NASA mosaic image portrays Curiosity Rover on Mars.

    One of the greatest aspects of NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, is the unprecedented up-to-date information being made available to all of us.

    In a recent update, NASA has posted the latest self-portrait of the Curiosity Rover. The image was taken on February 3rd, 2013.

    Taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager, the mosaic picture combines dozens of exposures.

    Curiosity is depicted in a flat area called, ‘John Klein’ which was selected as the site for the first drilling activities carried out by the rover. The picture is meant to document the drilling area.

    Malin Space Science Systems created and operates the Mars Hand Lens Imager, while Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab manages the Curiosity rover. The robot has been doing continuous and advanced projects on Mars.

    According to a NASA associate administrator, the rover is the “most advanced planetary robot ever designed”. The drilling and analysis assignment is part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project to to determine if certain areas on the planet were once suitable for life.