Hello From Mars! Curiosity Smiles in Her Latest “Selfie”

A mosaic of MSL MAHLI images acquired on Sol 613 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Edit by Jason Major.)

This is very cute — Curiosity’s latest “selfie,” a mosaic I assembled from about a dozen images acquired with the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on April 27-28, 2014 (Sol 613), with the 5.5-km-high Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) rising in the background. Click the image for a high-res version.

While it’s far from a perfect image — there are plenty of discrepancies in the mosaic tiling, I admit — I really like the character it imparts to Curiosity, who almost seems to be giving a toothy (if slightly dusty) grin there on the left with her cylindrical RUHF antenna and a bit of her RTG visible in the lower center. And with almost 21 Earth-months on Mars and lots of discoveries already under her robot belt, Curiosity (and her team) certainly have plenty to smile about!

See these and all the raw images from the MSL mission here, and read more about Curiosity’s latest work in Gale Crater in Ken Kremer’s article here.