Mars rover snaps new panoramic selfie

Image courtesy NASA

(CNN) – In this age of selfies, even robots can get a little narcissistic.

NASA has released new images of its Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, snapped by the rover itself using the ultimate selfie stick: its 7-foot-long robotic arm. Dozens of images, shot August 5, were stitched together to form a striking self-portrait of Curiosity atop the Red Planet’s “Buckskin” rock formation.

One low-angle image shows the unmanned vehicle’s belly at the Buckskin site where it drilled down to collect a sample of Martian soil. For this shot, NASA said, the rover team positioned the camera lower than for any previous full self-portrait of Curiosity.

This month marks the third anniversary of Curiosity’s landing on Mars. During that time, it has journeyed almost 7 miles, snapped countless photos and discovered an ancient riverbed, which helped scientists determine that Mars’ environment probably could have once supported life.

The rover is currently climbing Mars’ Mount Sharp, a Mount Rainier-size mountain at the center of the planet’s vast Gale Crater. We can expect to see more Curiosity selfies along the way. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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