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Nuclear Mars truck Curiosity has paused in its scientific exploration of the Martian environment to snap a little self-portrait. Curiosity self-portrait at Rocknest in the Gale Crater Click for hi-res. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems The rover is on a mission to discover if Mars has ever been home to …

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jai
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I took a selfy this morning - at least, I think it classifies. it was of a CCTV monitor on the train platform, showing the view from the camera that at that point was watching me, as I photographed the monitor. I got quite lost in the meta-existentialism of photographing something else that was photographing me at the same time that I almost missed my train

So I can quite emphasis with Curiosity. It's gotta get a bit boring up there of mars, why not take a break, have a kitkat, and take a holiday snap of yourself :)

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Alien

Am I missing something here?

Or does there seem to be a lack of an arm actually holding the camera in the photograph - it appears to be free-floating and separate?

When they said the Martian sand tasted like Hawaiian sand, they weren't dropping a conspiracy hint were they? Or did the rover ask a passing Martian to hold the camera and take a shot for him like any trusting tourist would?

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Re: Am I missing something here?

I think it is because it is actually assembled from a lot of individual photos. Presumably for each individual photo they could keep the arm out of the way. Although it still seems a bit odd that there isn't some glitch in the image where that just wouldn't be possible.

Anyway, another write up here also talking about the choices they had to make to map the whole thing into 2D: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/11011716-curiosity-self-portrait.html

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Am I missing something here?

Well, that's what they SAY....

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"see how worn its wheels are"

And then dispatch a Kwif Fit chap to change the tyres I suppose...

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Re: "see how worn its wheels are"

"And then dispatch a Kwif Fit chap to change the tyres I suppose..."

mmm, not sure what a Kwif Fit chap is, maybe Kwik Fit chap after the application of Brylcreem

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MrT
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That's got to be...

... the longest link posted - nearly a whole article.

Followed by a much smaller one that disappointingly just links to another article. Oh well, back to browsing profile pics on Facecrack...

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What I want to know is...

Who is that little man sitting inside the ChemCam? What is he doing and how did he get there?

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Re: What I want to know is...

Looks like Mr T. A step up from Panto in Scunthorpe I guess..

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Anonymous Coward

"selfies"

Didn't realize there was an official name for what some prat I encountered on Regent Street a couple of days ago was doing. ******* irritating when trying to walk down a totally packed pavement to find the person in front of you is more interested in framing themselves against the view behind than walking in a steady pace or direction.

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Re: "selfies"

where's the police when you need them? probably solving murders or some shit when there's a man on the pavement obstructing the flow of order.

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Meh

"Click for hi-res" no worky ? Not for me on Chrome anyway.

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Or Firefox.

So here it is - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16238.html

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That's no bigger.

This one's big.

https://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/images/4-mars/2012/20121101_curiosity_self-portrait_20121031_PIA16239.jpg

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Wow, I know there's not much atmosphere there, and absolutely no food for humans, but damn it would be cool to be there.

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Is that the "fat rover" angle?

Yes, I've already got my coat...

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All the way to Mars...

to do a doughnut and take photos! I love science

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