February 1, 2016 6:12 pm

Mars Curiosity rover snaps another stunning hi-def selfie

This Jan. 19, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at "Namib Dune," where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune with a wheel and scooping samples of sand for laboratory analysis.


Many people loathe selfies, but when you see one that was taken from 200 million kilometres away, you can’t help but be impressed.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover snapped a selfie at Namib Dune, while working on science activities, including studying how the wind moves sand particles across the sandy surfaces of Mars.

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The image — best seen here in high-definition — provides an incredible look at Curiosity’s surroundings, including the sandy dunes, stony surface and distant hills.

Curiosity has taken selfies before, but from different locations.

The image is a combination of 57 separate images taken on Jan. 19 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager, which is at the end of the rover’s arm.

Curiosity is at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater studying how Mars changed from a wet planet that could have once been favourable for life to dry, seemingly lifeless conditions.

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