NASA handout photo of the Curiosity rover on Mars, which this week transmitted a self-portrait of itself back to Earth. (Photo : Reuters)
Since its launch, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been capturing a lot of interest around the world.
Recently, it captured something else--itself. Or rather, a picture of itself.
NASA's Mars rover has taken a self-portrait picture on the Red Planet, transmitting back to Earth a picture of itself in front of an enormous Martian mountain, Space.com reported.
The portrait was created by a merging of dozens of high-definition color photos that the rover snapped between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The result is an image of Curiosity surrounded by the tracks of its wheels in front of Mount Sharp, a three-mile high mountain on Mars in the background.
Earlier this year on Aug. 27, the rover sent back pictures of Mount Sharp, which is located on the floor of the Gale Crater where Curiosity landed only three weeks earlier on Aug. 6.
NASA technicians first practiced the self-portrait pictures on earth earlier this year, utilizing a rover similar to Curiosity.
Curiosity, which is roughly estimated to be the size of a car, was able to capture the image by moving its robotic arm through more than 50 positions in a single day to take a picture of itself.
While exploring Mars for any traces of water, which is its primary mission, the rover has been keeping busy by taking panoramic pictures of Yellowknife Bay, a shallow area on Mars where Curiosity has spend 11 days at.
NASA crew members hope that the rover, while there, will locate a drilling area to collect and analyze rock samples with by using its onboard tools.
The rover has also checked in on social media site Foursquare on Mars, and NASA is giving those who visit a NASA visitor center, science museum or planetarium special Curiosity Explorer badges that commemorate the rover's Mars mission.