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Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at "Namib Dune," (https://goo.gl/CZo0fI) where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune with a wheel and scooping samples of sand for laboratory analysis. The scene combines 57 images taken on Jan. 19, 2016, during the 1,228th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. The camera used for this is the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at the end of the rover's robotic arm. Namib Dune is part of the dark-sand "Bagnold Dune Field" along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp (https://goo.gl/sG5iSc). Images taken from orbit have shown that dunes in the Bagnold field move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year.

More information here:
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jpl/pia20316/curiosity-self-portrait-at-martian-sand-dune

Take a look here for a collection of more beautiful Curiosity selfies:
https://plus.google.com/+PierreMarkuse/posts/d3ptcjTuHxH

How is Curiosity taking a selfie?

Curiosity selfies are a combination of images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI, https://goo.gl/OVmevh) camera at the end of the rover's robotic arm stitched together. Take a look at this video: https://youtu.be/b2rwWECbEHg?t=2m46s

Here (http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19810) you can find an image of the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, trying out the movements necessary to shoot a mosaic.

More on Curiosity:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_(rover)
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

Image credit: PIA20316 NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS http://goo.gl/0rpF2X / Edited by +Pierre Markuse 

A full panorama 10519x11225 pixels TIF version of the image can be found here (Attention, 141MB!):
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/tiff/PIA20316_full.tif

#science   #mars   #curiosity   #msl   #space   #spaceexploration   #solarsystem   #selfie #photography #mahli #mountsharp #namibdune  
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Jeremy Clarkson dropped from Top Gear, BBC confirms

Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is was best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear along with Richard Hammond and James May between 2002 and 2015. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun.

From a career as a local journalist in Northern England, Clarkson rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s, he has become a recognised public personality, regularly appearing on British television presenting his own shows and appearing as a guest on other shows. As well as motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects such as history and engineering. From 1998 to 2000, he also hosted his own chat show, Clarkson.

His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often provoked public reaction. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. He has also garnered a significant public following, being credited as a major factor in the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC.

#TopGear   #clarkson   #jeremyclarkson   #bbc   #jamesmay   #richardhammond  
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