The Rover also photographed a pair of panoramas to create a three-dimensional view across the gleaming cliff that appears in the selfie.
In early March, NASAcuriosity Mars Rover began to approach an impressive rock formation that scientists called “Mont Marco”, a nickname quickly taken in France. At a height of about 6 meters (6 meters), the computer is captured in all its glory in a new selfie, as well as in a pair of panoramas that offer a three-dimensional view. The selfie shows curiosity in front of Moon Marco with a new drill hole next to a rock sample nicknamed “Nontron” – the 30th sample of the mission so far.
The exercise of curiosity dusted the sample before dripping it into instruments inside the Rover so that the science team could better understand the rock composition and what clues it could offer about Mars’ past. This area is in the transition between the “clay-bearing unit” The curiosity goes out to the “sulphate-bearing unit” that is in front of us on Mount Sharp, the mountain that is 3 kilometers (5 km) high. It has been evolving since 2014. Scientists have long thought this passage may reveal When it became the desert planet we see today.
The French Monte Marco is located near the village of Nontron in the southeast of the country. The team chose nontron-related nicknames for this part of the red planet because Martians orbited identified nontronite, a type of clay mineral found near nontron in the region. Top missions assign nicknames to landmarks to provide mission team members with a common way to address rocks, soils, and other geological features that interest them.
The selfie consists of 60 images taken by the Mars Hand lens camera (MAHLI) on the Rover’s robotic arm on March 26, 2021, the 3,070 Martian day, or sol, of the mission. These were combined with 11 photos taken by the Mastcam on the Rover mast, or “head,” on March 16, 2021, the 3,060th day of the mission.
Curiosity also provided a pair of panoramas using its Mastcam on March 4, 2021, today the mission’s 3,049 Mars. By shooting one panorama about 130 meters (40 meters) from the cleavage, then rolling sideways and firing another from the same distance, Rover created a stereoscopic effect similar to those seen in 3D eyepieces. Studying computers from more than one angle helps scientists gain a better idea of the three-dimensional geometry of Mount Marco’s precipitation layers. An image of the image can be viewed through red-blue glasses, which you can learn to make here.
In addition to the stereo and selfie observation, Curiosity captured a 360-degree panorama of Moon Marco and its surroundings with its mastcam.