The Curiosity rover has sent a new image to the NASA Mars Science Laboratory team on March 26. It was made in front of the Mont Mercou rock formation on Mars. The picture shows the rover against the backdrop of a panorama of Mars. As noted, the photographs obtained will help specialists study the geography and rocks of the planet.
Scientists explain that the rover took a selfie on March 26, 2021, the 3070th Mars mission day. The new photo from Mars is a panorama that is composed of many images taken with a manipulator arm with a high-resolution camera. In total, the panorama consists of 60 photos from the MAHLI camera, which is located on the rover's arm, and 11 images from another camera, Mastcam, equipped on top of the rover.
The rover filmed one panorama from about 40 meters from the outcrop, then rolled to the side and filmed another from the same distance, thus a stereoscopic effect was obtained. By examining the outcrop from multiple angles, scientists can better understand the three-dimensional geometry of the sedimentary layers of Mont Mercou.
In early March, NASA's Curiosity rover began approaching an impressive rock formation just 6 meters high, which scientists have named Mont Mercou. According to the mission, the Curiosity rover had to punch holes so that scientists could study the composition of the terrain. The rover is looking for nontronite, a clay mineral that was previously recorded by orbiters.