NASA scientists working with the Curiosity rover have had a lot to get excited about over the years, with discoveries occurring regularly, revealing tantalizing details about the Red Planet and its history. Recently, a "special chemical experiment" was conducted by the robot only for the second time in its history, and the completion of this experiment was celebrated with a new selfie rover.
The photo, published by NASA on its website, was taken on October 11, and although we see it as a single image, it is actually the result of 57 individual photos that were stitched after the fact.
NASA's Curiosity rover has been on Mars for over seven years and is working hard to shed light on as many secrets as possible on the planet. He has spent his entire life on Mars exploring a huge impact site known as the Gale Crater.
One of the most interesting features within the crater is an imposing mountain region known as Mount Sharp. The spacecraft has been climbing Mount Sharp for some time, reaching an area known as the clay carrier. As the name suggests, it is an area with exposed clay rocks and, because clay is so good at revealing chemical history, the rover had the opportunity to conduct a "wet chemistry" experiment using special cups designed specifically for this purpose. end.
"We were looking forward to finding an area that was attractive enough to do wet chemistry," Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in a statement. "Now that we're in the clay unit, we finally made it."
Experiments take a long time to complete and researchers back to Earth will not know the results until 2020. However, it was a good time for a selfie.