Mars Rover Curiosity: First self-portrait and new images from the Red Planet image

NASA has released more images taken by its Curiosity Rover. We have the first high-resolution self-portrait taken by the rover’s Navigation camera.

The back of the rover can be seen at the top left of the image, and two of the rover’s right side wheels can be seen on the left.

What’s really exciting about this is that we see the rover — a self-portrait, with the rim of Gale Crater in the background,” said Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, a geologist at Caltech in Pasadena.

NASA said Curiosity is preparing to test for the first time its laser. It is one of 10 tools Curiosity will use to break rocks and scoop up soil, exploring whether the planet’s environment might once have supported life in the form of microscopic organisms.
Any coatings on the rocks “can tell you about the weather or what’s happened to this rock over the eons,” Dr. Wiens says.