In the wake of a massive dust storm on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover went dutifully back to work collecting samples at the surface. In the wake of a massive dust storm on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover went dutifully back to work collecting samples at the surface.
On August 9, just over two weeks after the storm officially began to die down, the rover scooped up a rock sample and captured a 360-degree view of its surroundings on Vera Rubin, revealing a thin layer of dust still lingering in the air.
The stunning panorama reveals an immersive look at the eerie brown skies, with glimpses of Mount Sharp and ancient lakebed features – and, a selfie of the Mars rover.
Meanwhile, NASA’s other Mars rover, Opportunity, is still silent more than two months after hunkering down in the dust storm.
Curiosity captured the panorama and selfie using its Mast Camera. The rover’s previous drill attempts were thwarted by unexpectedly hard rocks, according to NASA, so the latest collection came as a welcome surprise.
Vera Rubin Ridge, where Curiosity is currently investigating, has perplexed scientists since its discovery.