After spending more than a year on a hill on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover took its last selfie as it approached new vistas on the Red Planet.
"The Curiosity rover took its last selfie in the Vera Rubin Range and descended into a clayey area of Mount Sharp. Mars' sinuous crest has been the home of the rover for more than a year, giving scientists new samples and new questions. "NASA said in a statement on Monday.
On January 15, Curiosity used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of its robotic arm to take a series of 57 photos, which were stitched into selfie.
The images feature a location on the ridge called Rock Hall, which the rover pierced on December 15.
The Rock Hall hole is visible in the lower left corner of the rover; the scene is more dusty than usual at this time of year due to a regional dust storm.
Curiosity has explored the mountain range since September 2017.
Now you are going to the "clay rolling unit", which lies in a depression south of the ridge.
Clay minerals in this unit may contain more clues about the ancient lakes that helped form the lower levels of Mount Sharp, NASA said.
Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, was designed to assess whether Mars has had an environment capable of supporting small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the "habitability" of the planet.