US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The rover also shares pictures, being in complete isolation.
NASA’s Curiosity rover recently set a record for driving downhill terrain: it overcame the Greenhaugh Pediment, a wide ridge of rocks that sits on top of a hill. And before he climbed up on him, the rover took a selfie, capturing himself just below Greenhaugh.
Selfie is a 360-degree panorama, combined from 86 images transmitted to the Earth: on it, the rover is about 3.4 meters below the point of the hilltop.
Curiosity reached the top of the hill on March 6 (2 696th Martian day or mission mission). It took three attempts to climb the hill, the second of which brought the rover to a 31 ° slope – the largest that it had ever made on Mars. The system of rotating wheels of the rover allows it to safely tilt up to 45 °.
Before climbing, Curiosity recorded video using black and white navigation cameras located on its mast. Rover made a short film about his robotic arm, with the help of which all panoramic selfies are produced.
“We are so often asked how Curiosity takes selfies. We thought that the best way to explain this is to let the rover show everyone how it is done from its own point of view,” said Doug Ellison, Curiosity mission operator.
One of the tools of the rover is a camera with a magnifying lens (MAHLI), located at the end of the manipulator. Since each MAHLI image covers only a small area, a complete selfie of the rover and its surroundings require many images and a constant change of position of the robotic arm.
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