Mars rover sends selfie to Earth
PR dla Zagranicy
NASA's Mars rover 'Curiosity', which is fitted with Polish sensors, has sent a self-portrait to Earth.
Mars rover 'Curiosity'. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The rover, which landed on the red planet in August 2012, is similar in size to a small family saloon car.
“The new selfie combines 57 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of Curiosity's arm on Jan. 19.,” NASA explained in a statement.
“The rover has been investigating a group of active sand dunes for two months, studying how the wind moves and sorts sand particles on Mars,” the agency said.
'Curiosity' is equipped with infrared detectors manufactured by the Polish VIGO System company.
It was launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Station on 26 November 26, 2011.
The rover is investigating Mars's climate and geology, including the role of water, and whether the planet ever provided conducive conditions for microbial life. (nh/pk)