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NASA Mars Perseverance Rover snapper charming ‘face’ selfie



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Perseverance snapped this perception of its “head” on April 6th.

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Mars rovers are machines, but it’s hard not to anthropomorphize them and give them cute nicknames like “Percy” and “Oppy.” NASA’s endurance rover just posted a charming selfie-style image showing its “face”.

NASA’s latest rovers have all had a mast with a number of instruments on top that are considered the rovers’ “head”. Cameras mounted on the mast give us an exciting view of the surface of Mars. The new photo of the endurance is similar to seeing the rover in the “eyes”.

The main selfie comes with permission from the Sherloc Watson camera mounted on the rover’s robotic arm, which snapped the image on Tuesday. It reminds one similar headshot selfie taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover in 2018.

Space fans back on Earth are also eagerly awaiting the first official full-body selfie. We’ve already got a spectacular panorama shows quite a bit of the rover in late february.

Endurance arrived in Mars in mid-February and has had a full slate of activities, including snapping landscape views, delivery of the experimental Ingenuity helicopter and zap interesting cliffs with a laser. The next big milestone for the rover is to see Ingenuity test its first test flight later this month. Expect more exciting pictures to come.

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