Say “eggplant! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover takes a selfie with the 20-foot-tall “Mont Mercou” rock formation
- NASA’s Curiosity rover took a selfie after collecting the 30th sample
- Mont Mercou is a rock formation on Mars, named after a mountain in France
- The selfie consists of 60 images taken by Curiosity’s hand lens imager on March 26 (day 3070 of the mission)
At first glance, you might be forgiven for being mistaken for a still image in the latest sci-fi blockbuster.
But this photo is very real and was taken this week by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
The selfie shows the wanderer with the rock formation called “Mont Mercou” and the nickname taken from a mountain in France.
Although the picture itself is impressive, it is actually to celebrate Curiosity’s 30th sample to date, after the rover drilled a hole in a nearby rock sample nicknamed “Nontron.”
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Selfie showing the wanderer with the rock formation called “Mont Mercou” and the nickname from a mountain in France
Three major missions to Mars in 2021: the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China on the red asteroid or on the red asteroid
So far, 2021 has been the “Year of Mars”, and three spacecraft from the Earth have reached the Red Planet.
The first visitor from the earth was also the first visitor to the Arab world-the “Hope” probe of the United Arab Emirates.
This spacecraft will monitor the weather on Mars for a whole year.
The second spacecraft is from China-Astronomy One will operate on Mars until the deployment of the rover in May.
If successful, this will make China the second country to roam on Mars after the United States.
NASA’s perseverance is the last of the three stars to reach the orbit of Mars, but also the first star to land on the red planet.
Mont Mercou on Mars is named after a mountain range in France, located near the village of Nontron in southeastern France.
NASA explained: “The team chose Nontron-related nicknames for this part of the Red Planet because the Mars Orbiter discovered Nontronite (a clay mineral found near Nontron) in this area.
“Ground missions assign nicknames to landmarks and provide mission team members with a common way to refer to rocks, soils, and other geological features of interest.”
After Curiosity took the 30th sample, it powdered it and then dropped it into the instrument in the rover, allowing scientists to better understand the composition of the rock.
“This area is at the transition between the “clay unit” where curiosity has disappeared and the “sulfate unit” in front of Mount Sharp, a three-mile-high (five-kilometer high) mountain owned by the mobile station. Since 2014 It has been growing since the beginning of the year,” NASA said.
Scientists have long believed that this transformation may reveal what happened when Mars became the desert planet we see today.
The selfie consisted of 60 images taken by Curiosity’s hand lens imager on March 26 (day 3070 of the mission).
These 60 pictures were combined with 11 pictures taken by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam on March 16.
On Monday, March 4, the Curiosity rover also took a pair of panoramic photos using its Mastcam camera
On March 4, Curiosity also used its Mastcam to take a pair of panoramic photos.
NASA explained: “By taking a panorama at a position about 130 feet (40 meters) from the outcrop, and then scrolling to the side and taking another panorama from the same distance, the rover produces a view similar to that in a 3D viewfinder. See the three-dimensional effect.
“Studying outcrops from multiple angles helps scientists better understand the 3D geometry of the Merkur Mountain sediments.”
Curiosity is the largest and most capable rover ever sent to Mars and is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.
It was launched from Earth on November 26, 2011, and landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, a year later.
The main task of the Wanderers is to uncover their mystery about whether Mars has the right conditions for sustaining life.
NASA added: “The scientific tools of Curiosity found chemical and mineral evidence of the habitable environment on Mars early in the mission.
“From the time when microbes could have lived on Mars, it has continued to explore the rock record.”
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Mars Curiosity rover was launched in 2011 and has improved our understanding of the red planet
The Mars Curiosity rover was originally launched on November 26, 2011 from the U.S. Air Force at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
After a journey of 350 million miles (560 million kilometers), the 1.8 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) research aircraft is only 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the designated landing site.
After a successful landing on August 6, 2012, the rover has traveled about 11 miles (18 kilometers).
It was launched on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, and the rover accounted for 23% of the total mission mass.
The rover contains 80 kilograms (180 pounds) of scientific instruments, with a total weight of 899 kilograms (1,982 pounds), and is powered by fuel.
The rover is 2.9 meters (9.5 feet) long, 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) wide, and 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) high.
The Mars Curiosity rover was originally planned as a two-year mission to collect information to help answer whether the Earth can sustain life, possess liquid water, and study the climate and geology of Mars. It has been active for more than 2,000 days since then.
Initially, the rover planned to perform a two-year mission to collect information to help answer whether the Earth can sustain life, possess liquid water, and study the climate and geology of Mars.
Due to its success, the mission has been extended indefinitely and is now active for more than 2,000 days.
The rover is equipped with a variety of scientific instruments, including a mast camera composed of two cameras, which can take high-resolution color images and videos.
So far, in the process of using this car-sized robot, it has encountered an ancient riverbed with liquid water flowing through it. Soon after, it also discovered that billions of years ago, the nearby Yellowknife Bay area was part of a lake that supported microbial life.