‘HELLO GORGEOUS!’ CURIOSITY SNAPS SELF PORTRAIT: BIG PIC
Sept. 8, 2012 — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has 17 cameras. One camera, still with dust cap attached, was able to swivel around on Friday to photograph, potentially, one of the most iconic images to ever come from the Red Planet. Curiosity photographed its “head,” in typical lone-tourist-style, against a Martian backdrop.
This photograph was taken on Sol 32 (Sept. 7) of Curiosity’s mission on Mars and it used a camera mounted on its robotic arm to snap a picture of the blocky instruments atop its mast. In this photo, taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), the rover’s Mastcams and Navcams have been imaged, plus the famous laser-firing Chemical Camera, a.k.a. “Chemcam.”
— by Ian O’Neill