Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,589 Reviews & Articles | 67,031 News Posts

NASA's Curiosity Rover did rare science work, then snapped a selfie

NASA's Curiosity Rover has snapped an awesome selfie after some rare science work

By Jak Connor on Oct 30, 2019 02:10 am CDT - 1 min, 5 secs reading time

There is nothing quite like a good selfie after a hard days work, or at least that's what NASA's Curiosity Rover thinks.

NASA's Curiosity Rover did rare science work, then snapped a selfie | TweakTown.com

On September 24th, NASA's Curiosity Rover which is currently station on Mars performed some rare science work called "wet chemistry". This is the second time the rover has performed this experiement since it landed on the Red Planet seven years ago. The experiment consists of the rover dropping a drilled sample into a special solvent which could allow for scientists to identify carbon-containing molecules.

The reason the rover has decided to conduct the experiment now is because the its currently exploring an area that is rich in clay materials, and clay materials are great at preserving many chemical compounds. According to Paul Mahaffy, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, "We've been eager to find an area that would be compelling enough to do wet chemistry, now that we're in the clay-bearing unit, we've finally got it."

Curiosity also snapped a new selfie in this location and while a normal selfie might normally just be one image, Curiosity's consisted of 57 stitched-together images. The camera is called the Mars Hand Lens Imager which is mounted on the end of Curiosity's 7-foot-long robotic arm.

Buy at Amazon

The Martian

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
Buy at Amazon
$14.99$8.99-
* Prices last scanned on 2/24/2020 at 8:09 pm CST - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price.
Jak Connor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jak Connor

Jaks love for technology and more specifically PC gaming began at 10 years old, it was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on a old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of the typical FPS PC gamer, Jak enjoys the likes of a solid MMO, RPG, or a single-player linear story. More importantly, though, he holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

NEWS SOURCE:space.com

Related Tags