An Interactive Version of Curiosity’s Latest “Selfie”

by Nancy Atkinson on May 1, 2014


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 613 in Out of this World

The Curiosity rover looks like she’s concentrating hard on her tasks on Mars, and now you can zoom around and see what it would look like to be standing next to the rover in Gale Crater.

This new interactive image put together by panoramacist Andrew Bodrov from Estonia uses some of the latest imagery from Curiosity’s MAHLI camera, taken on Sol 610 (April 27, 2014 back on Earth) and additional images from the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera to create the full panoramic scene. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 138 images taken on Sol 610. Bodrov used 138 images and it stretches about 30,000 pixels wide.

Curiosity snaps selfie at Kimberley waypoint with towering Mount Sharp backdrop on April 27, 2014 (Sol 613). Inset shows MAHLI camera image of rovers mini-drill test operation on April 29, 2014 (Sol 615) into “Windjama” rock target at Mount Remarkable butte.  Mastcam color photo mosaic assembled from raw images snapped on Sol 613, April 27, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer - kenkremer.com

Curiosity snaps selfie at Kimberley waypoint with towering Mount Sharp backdrop on April 27, 2014 (Sol 613). Inset shows MAHLI camera image of rovers mini-drill test operation on April 29, 2014 (Sol 615) into “Windjama” rock target at Mount Remarkable butte. Mastcam color photo mosaic assembled from raw images snapped on Sol 613, April 27, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

You may wonder how the rover took this picture of itself without the camera or the robotic arm showing up in the images. It’s done by combining multiple pictures taken with the MAHLI camera that is mounted at the end of the robotic arm. “Wrist” motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the images, and the arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

Check out this video explanation by NASA:

You can see more of Bodrov’s wonderful panoramas in past articles on Universe Today.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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