Image Credit & Copyright: NASA / JPL / MSSS / Elisabetta Bonora / Marco Faccin
Well, it’s not a new year for Curiosity but it is for its human overlords back here on Earth. So in good fun, on SOL 868 (January 14), the team at NASA/JPL collected a group of about 30 or 40 MArs Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) images, combined then & edited them into this great shot from her current location at Pahrump Hills, along the foothills of Mt. Sharp or Aeolis Mons
Off the top of my head this is the 3rd or 4th full body selfie Curiosity has taken and it never ceases to blow my mind how detailed the images are when you blow them up to full size. It’s almost as if you could walk around freely along the Martian landscape. You can also compare the images over time and watch as the degradation of the tires increases along with the slow gathering of dirt and dust beginning to cover Curiosity’s top side.
NOTE: A “SOL” is a Solar Day or a complete day on Mars. The number associated with SOLs for Mars spacecraft for example, when this image was taken on SOL 868 is the 868th day Curiosity has been on Mars. At 24 hours and 37 minutes, Mars days aren’t too far off from a day on Earth but it’s enough for that difference over time to complicate timekeeping and cycles with spacecraft controllers on the ground so the Curiosity team at JPL actually follows Mars time and days run on SOLs to sync in sync with their robot.
Planetary Society page for this image: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/01211113-curiosity-update-sols-814.html
NASA/JPL Raw images from SOL 868 (January 14, 2015) used to create this image: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=#/?slide=868