Nasa´s Mars rover Curiosity snaps dusty selfie

Mindy Sparks
September 11, 2018

NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on August 9, 2018, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge.

You can take a closer look at Curiosity's panorama using a 360-degree imaging experience provided by YouTube.

In the continuing battle for the most impressive selfie, the Curiosity rover has left your tropical beach photos in its dust.

Dust storm on Mars began in late may of this year and in the summer, covering the entire planet, has acquired a global scale, with the result that they had lost contact with Mars Rover Opportunity.

"Dust in the wind... and on my deck".

Curiosity same dust storm threatened.

Nasa said "important discoveries" about early life on Earth were made in lakebed sediments at Stoer.

The 360-degree image, captured on August 9, 2018, shows the rover's surroundings on Vera Rubin Ridge, where it was drilling for rock samples. Two attempts at drilling the rocks have failed.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Curiosity has had a hard time with some of its drill targets.

Two more drilled samples are planned for the ridge in September.

Nasa has released a new image of Mars that include a site named after Stoer in Assynt in the north west Highlands.

Curiosity is nuclear-powered, so the dust storm hasn't affected its activities too much.

Mr Vasavada said: "The ridge isn't this monolithic thing - it has two distinct sections, each of which has a variety of colours".

The region has many different colors and textures, and Vasavada added that "some are visible to the eye and even more show up when we look in near-infrared, just beyond what our eyes can see".

Apart from taking in the Martian view, Curiosity recently tried a new drilling technique to sample some particularly hard rocks.

For now, Vera Rubin Ridge is keeping that secret. On the rover's most recent attempt, scientists got it right. Come October, Curiosity will be moving on to a higher location on Mount Sharp and will start researching a clay-rich area brimming with sulfate minerals.

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