Don't miss this selfie from the red planet. Nasa's rover Curiosity has
started drilling on Mars for the third time and did not miss the
opportunity to take its Martian self-portrait.
The drill has begun at a geologically interesting location nicknamed "The Kimberley".
this selfie, Curiosity appears to be leaning its "head" - a suite of
instruments including the Chemcam and Mastcam cameras to the side -
capturing the 5 km high Aeolis Mons ('Mount Sharp') on the horizon.
coming days, the rover will conduct a preparatory "mini-drill"
operation to check the area for readiness, Nasa's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory said in a statement.
The hammering drill on Curiosity
collects powdered sample material from rocks and then delivers portions
to laboratory instruments onboard.
The self-portrait has been put together by Discovery News.
month, Nasa in partnership with New York-based hardware startup
LittleBits launched a space kit that enables users to build their own
Mars Rovers at a school or college lab or at home.
The kit comes with 12 "bit modules" that provide things like power, remote triggering, light sensing and motorisation.
collaboration with Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, LittleBits also
came up with 10 activities that allow users to build everything from a
satellite dish to a miniature Mars Rover.
"Our mission is to allow
anyone to create their own hardware, to make playing with electronics
more like playing with Legos," Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of
LittleBits, was quoted as saying.
The kit costs $189 (roughly Rs. 11,300) and users can buy it online from the LittleBits website.
Written with inputs from IANS