Curiosity's panoramic self-portrait lets you explore a tiny corner of Mars

The Curiosity Rover has taken enough self-portraits that it could be mistaken for a teenager with a brand new smartphone, but its latest self-shot is especially cool. We not only get a panoramic view of Curiosity sitting in the Gale Crater, we also get to explore its current work site a bit more closely.

Curiosity's panoramic self-portrait lets you explore a tiny corner of Mars

This mosaic was created using photos taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Mastcam. In front of the rover, you can see the shallow drill test hole and a sample collection hole she's made in the Martian surface. But if you head over 360 Cities, you'll get a special treat: an interactive version of the panorama. Take a closer look at the Yellowknife Bay region of the Gale Crater, and see the sun in the Martian sky from Curiosity's perspective

Photo credit: NASA, Panorama by Andrew Bodrov.

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Curiosity Self-Portrait Panorama [APOD] and Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177 [360 Cities]