The most massive dust storm on Mars ever observed to date, the same on which took out the NASA’s Opportunity Rover, is now moving towards the side of the planet where the other Mars rover, NASA’s Curiosity Rover, is studying the Red Planet. But, the rover took a break from its work to take a selfie in the middle of the dust storm on Mars.
“It’s blended out of the shot. The arm moves around as it takes about 100 images to make a full 360-degree image,” explained Sean Doran from the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and the one who created this composite photo.
As we speak, Curiosity is examining the Gale Crater on Mars which is an over 100 kilometers wide valley that, according to NASA’s scientists, it could’ve housed a giant lake in the distant past of the Red Planet.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover can survive the most massive dust storm on Mars
Mars Curiosity Rover operates with nuclear power, so is not affected by the lack of sunlight as it already happened with the NASA’s Opportunity Rover which runs on solar power and, according to the latest news coming from NASA, the rover entered into sleep mode.
As regarding the dust storm on Mars, “the storm is one of the most intense ever observed on the Red Planet, (…) it covered more than 41 million square kilometers, about the area of North America and Russia combined,” declared NASA.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover took a break to take a selfie, revealing he was performing a drilling operation at that time
Mars Curiosity Rover took a selfie while the most massive dust storm on Mars was storming near it. You can see this selfie in the image at the beginning of the article. However, at a closer look, we can see that, in fact, the Curiosity Rover took a break to take this selfie as it is visible in the image that it was conducting a drilling operation.
On the other hand, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has recently been in the news for discovering organic matter on Mars, indicating that life could’ve existed on the Red Planet.