NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 1943: Selfie at Vera Rubin Ridge
This panorama combines 61 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 1943 of Curiosity's work on Mars (January 23, 2018). BW background addition: rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera, Sol 1903.
Having spent 1943 sols on the surface of Mars, Curiosity is in its 6th Earth year on Mars, but it is in its 3rd Mars year of exploration.
Over the weekend Curiosity completed a drive that took her to the very southern edge of Vera Rubin Ridge, so we have downhill slopes directly in front of and around the side of the rover, though we plan to continue exploring the ridge for a while.
By Roger Wiens
Roger is a Geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:
The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".