A SELFIE ON MARS

The selfie season is on a roll. From movie stars to sportsmen to politicians, none can stop themselves from taking a selfie at different situations. Then how can we leave behind NASA’s curiosity. The Mars rover- Curiosity which was sent by NASA in November 2011 has taken many pictures and samples for research purpose and has helped a lot in exploring the unseen facts of the red planet. This time also there were pictures taken by the rover at the “Mojave” site. The clicks have the picture of the rover itself along with the “Pahrump Hills” of Mars.

In actuality, the selfie is a result of the numerous snapshots that have been taken by the rover by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera which is mounted on its robotic arm. The location of Pahrump Hills is at the centre of Mars Gale Crater. The rover also collected various rock samples and has preserved them so that those could be sent back to earth for their further analysis. Samples like these help the scientists to understand the surface structure and components of Mars. In the past myriad rigorous experiments of such samples have been performed which have suggested the existence of some species of bacteria in the soil of Mars. Altogether, the Curiosity rover of NASA is making an incredible database of such pictures and samples which would unveil the hidden aspects of Mars.

 

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