Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177
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NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 

Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at "John Klein" Drilling Site

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 177th of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called "John Klein", which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

The rover's robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic's component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic. Please check video explanation by NASA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V3_zMD_S9c

At the bottom of this panorama is the hole in a rock. The drilling took place on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity's 182nd Martian day of operations. The sample-collection hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep. The "mini drill" test hole near it is the same diameter, with a depth of 0.8 inch (2 centimeters).

The images for full panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 113 images taken on Sol 170 and an additional 17 images taken on Sol 176.

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Copyright: Andrew Bodrov
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 30000x15000
Uploaded: 09/02/2013
Updated: 02/06/2014


Tags: curiosity; mars; sol 177; nasa; jpl-caltech; mars panorama; msss; rover; red planet; out_of_this_world
  • Katrina Seitter 3 months ago
    saw that too! wish i could find an explanation!!
  • Héc Tor 4 months ago
    wthat is?
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    a team of cameramen in Afghanistan or Kazakhistan.
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    prepare ur own cameramen team and go to Afghanistan, Kazakhistan...you will have ur own licensed photographs...
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    arey don't waste your time. from no angle it seems Mars, seems Afghanistan or Kazakhistan...they always fool the world !
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    have they ever achieved Mars ! If so then why had to put photos of Afghanistan !!??
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    true. its not mars, its Afghanistan !
  • Altaf Patel 9 months ago
    If rover is at distance then who took the photo !!??
  • Ian Rojas Alvarez 9 months ago
    hay dos agujeros extraños en el suelo. no es una formacion natural. que es y por que!!!!!!!!!!!!! (de color gris) there are two holes in the ground strangers. is not a natural formation. is and why!!!!! (gray)
  • Dragica 11 months ago
    Uzbudljivo uz neodoljivi utisak da je tamo ipak bilo vode i nekog oblika života
  • Sorry Glory about 1 year ago
    why are there 2 suns in the sky? looking really tiny, compared to the earth
  • Vladimir Mironov about 1 year ago
    Интересно, есть ли в марсоходе что-нибудь из продукции Apple?
  • shadow93 over 1 year ago
    Magnifique et ... si lointain !
  • Knut Holt over 1 year ago
    There are a lot of sand and a vehicle.
  • Steven Marriott over 1 year ago
    Although I have no connection to NASA or the rover design, I can provide some speculation in answer to your question. First and foremost, the rover is a unique, highly-complex machine designed for long-term operation under extremely harsh conditions. Due to its uniqueness and complexity, it was primarily assembled by hand. Due to its complexity and operational requirements, it was subject to repeated tests and adjustments prior to launch. Screws facilitate hand assembly and, more importantly, facilitate disassembly for access to test and adjustment points, as well as to replace any failed components. Secondly, bolted connections are (probably) less likely to deteriorate and fail under such harsh environmental conditions than adhesives.
  • Fernando Rocha over 1 year ago
    I truly believe that the real price of the greatness of NASA is great's responsibility , Thank you so much to all in NASA
  • Oz-Sovereign Free-man over 1 year ago
    and why is it that you can see under it?
  • Oz-Sovereign Free-man over 1 year ago
    I've seen the container that it collects the samples in, how dose it get it in there?
  • joao over 1 year ago
    did you see 2 litle halls on the floor next to the rover on the first footage??the rover made that??????
  • Elielson Batista Costa over 1 year ago
    Congratulations to the Nasa's scientists. Elielson. Geography teacher from Brazil.
  • Ramron over 1 year ago
    So what's up with those two circle holes in the concrete?? :S
  • pk over 1 year ago
    Read the description below.
  • Luis Eduardo Parada Sterling over 1 year ago
    Esta foto es fantástica, que desarrolla mas audaz en tecnología ha hecho la NASA, felicitaciones !!
  • carsaa over 1 year ago
    veo una figura piramidal que brilla que es!!!
  • Abu Haniffa Ibn Mahmood over 1 year ago
  • ady over 1 year ago
    what the fungction of two holes on the ground..???
  • John Hildyard-Todd over 1 year ago
    Stunning! Simply stunning. A whole new world.
  • Mike Ign over 1 year ago
    And what kind of a ditch in the ground between the head and the body of the rover, stretching to the horizon? Its someone plowed. А что это за канава в грунте между головой и телом марсохода, уходящая за горизонт? Её кто-то пропахал.
  • Mucky over 1 year ago
    They need to create more 3D TV ready images. Not talking about those red and blue anaglyph images, but side by side 3D images that work with 3D TVs.
  • Maks over 1 year ago
    Фантастика! Смотришь - и не вериться, что живёшь в эпоху таких открытий ))
  • vivek yadav over 1 year ago
    Am I the only one who thinks, the rover has too many screws? Why don't they jus glue the stuff and save weight?
  • Andrew Bodrov over 1 year ago
    Please send request with using "Licensing" button at top of screen.
  • Argo over 1 year ago
    This is beautiful! Is the original panoramic image available for re-use, and under what license?
  • Steven Marriott over 1 year ago
    On the controls, adjust the zoom to about mid-scale. Pan the view around to the northeast. Use the down button in the middle of the compass ring to view the ground in front of the Rover. You will see a small, light-colored patch and two holes in the middle of one of the flat rocks not far from the Rover. Zoom in on that.
  • Sara over 1 year ago
    yes.... there are two holes beside the machine in the ground... as if a power drill used to make them... why are they there????
  • Sara over 1 year ago
    Who took the picture by the way?
  • jens sudip nandi over 1 year ago
    too cool
  • Sara over 1 year ago
    Who took the picture?????
  • Luiz Fellipe Carneiro over 1 year ago
    Great image!
  • Keith Harffey over 1 year ago
    why is the sky Blue ? why is their 2 suns one in the North and one in the south? and why is it if you turn the angle to look at the ground you can see the whole of the rover? who is taking the pitcher?
  • John over 1 year ago
    What a wonderful view! What would Percival Lowell think?? If you zoom all the way in on the boulder in the mid-distance of the little escarpment just west of north. The rock looks very much like a sea turtle frozen in time. Further evidence of water (oceans) on Mars?
  • gambito over 1 year ago
    Yes, and no cars, no planes, no computers, etc... only donkeys and abacus.
  • Patrick over 1 year ago
    With all the disciplines of the fields of science. How happy I am to live at times like these. Unfortunate for someone of say 100 yrs. ago. Unimaginable for us of 100 yrs. from now. This is what this panoramic view says to me.( ;
  • Evgeniy Veldyaev over 1 year ago
  • Kian over 1 year ago
    Imagine how would have Galileo Galilei reacted if he'd seen this photos of the Mars. Love it.
  • Tirso Tonche over 1 year ago
    I think it would have been awesome if the team put a smile on the rover.
  • Filipe Bergonsi over 1 year ago
  • andrew over 1 year ago
    I couldn't believe my eyes: the picture is so clear and clean !
  • Doe Harden over 1 year ago
    Can't see the holes you mentioned! There's an ad for the Oscars at the bottom of the panorama! Could the ad be moved off of the panorama? Maybe to just below it?
  • Valentin Ruban over 1 year ago
    Жить и верить - это замечательно! Перед нами небывалые пути. Утверждают космонавты и мечтатели, Что на Марсе будут яблони цвести! Хорошо, когда с тобой товарищи, Всю вселенную проехать и пройти. Звёзды встретятся с Землёй расцветающей, И на Марсе будут яблони цвести! Я со звёздами сдружился дальними! Не волнуйся обо мне и не грусти. Покидая нашу Землю, обещали мы, Что на Марсе будут яблони цвести!
  • Valentin Ruban over 1 year ago
    Жить и верить - это замечательно! Перед нами небывалые пути. Утверждают космонавты и мечтатели, Что на Марсе будут яблони цвести! Хорошо, когда с тобой товарищи, Всю вселенную проехать и пройти. Звёзды встретятся с Землёй расцветающей, И на Марсе будут яблони цвести! Я со звёздами сдружился дальними! Не волнуйся обо мне и не грусти. Покидая нашу Землю, обещали мы, Что на Марсе будут яблони цвести!
  • Valentin Ruban over 1 year ago
    Утверждают космонавты и мечтатели, что на Марсе будут яблони цвести
  • Karl over 1 year ago
    I'm stunned, unglaublich
  • Euskaldun over 1 year ago
    It is unfortunate that you do not share in the thrill of space exploration. So you believe that "we never landed on the moon either", huh? Do you also believe that "9/11" was an "inside job?"
  • Kombašan Pracka over 1 year ago
    that´s an easy answer. The machine has two cameras: panoramatic Mastcam and close up camera Mahli. As tha whole panorama was made by stitching many pictures with common areas of the field of view, (during the stitching) it was possible to digitally remove the arm distracting the panorama view.
  • Ann Eternity over 1 year ago
    We could have fed the starving, housed the homeless, improved life here on earth for the price of this "exploration". Bah Humbug! I'll bet we never landed on the moon either.
  • Gabriel Piiroja over 1 year ago
    Impressive, but from where the camera hangs? I expected to see a mechanical arm coming out of the robot and not the camera!
  • misty over 1 year ago
  • Adam Perry over 1 year ago
    It's just extraordinary! This is a picture of MARS! A freaking planet far from Earth! This gives me chills.
  • John Green over 1 year ago
    WOW & my 1st, "OMAwesomeG"!!!
  • kaleon almost 2 years ago
    Really Awesome!!!!!!!!1
  • Andrew Bodrov almost 2 years ago
    Hi Bruce Barraclough! Please say "Hi!" to your team and yes, I'll have something more to share ;)
  • Bruce Barraclough almost 2 years ago
    From a member of the MSL ChemCam team - most excellent work! Please keep it up.
  • Puzzled M I almost 2 years ago
    Rotate photo and note there is no boom with a camera taking photos of the rover...so, who or what is taking the pictures?
  • Lloyd Croad almost 2 years ago
    This creation is an awesome work of art painted by numbers :-) err, it's a scientific record of Mars made available to all. I was sent spinning.
  • Steven Tracy almost 2 years ago
    I have spent some time over time in the Arizona and New Mexico hinterlands, in the areas formerly occupied by the so-called Anazasi and boy, Mars sure looks a lot like it less the sagebrush, cactus and so forth. Far freaking out! This mission and the related ones, were so worth the candle. You folks rock!
  • Robert Kimball almost 2 years ago
    Very impressive....can't take my eyes away. It would be nice to have a commentary from an expert as to what the various rock formations, cracks, etc. suggest. Are we mainly looking at sedentary rocks in this most recent panorama? I think so....but I am not trained as a geologist.. Surely there must be SEVERAL geologists who are viewing this amazing image. If so, please educate us. Thank you.
  • Terry almost 2 years ago
    I still can't believe it,absolutely the best of the best.Not just the high res but the fact that it's on Mars Wow
  • Leon Flanary Jr. almost 2 years ago
    I'm in awe. And very, very humbled. Im so grateful to see this happen in MY lifetime!!!!! Thank you NASA. I can't pull myself away from this.
  • Alexey Gribkov almost 2 years ago
    I can't believe that in 2013 i can see Mars terrain in hi-res. It's fantastic! It's a new era to learn Astronomy in schools.
  • denbo68 almost 2 years ago
    As a kid I used to go to my library and pour through all the Viking landing pictures. I just loved them. This is incredible.
  • Jim Watters almost 2 years ago
    Great merge of the different images into a full spherical panorama
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