Did NASA’s Curiosity Rover just share a selfie from Mars? – EastMojo

Trust NASA to take a ‘trend’ and make it ‘universal’. NASA’s Curiosity Rover shared a ‘planned-candid’ or a ‘plandid’ selfie via it’s official Twitter handle on August 24. The superstar rover which just completed its 9th year on Mars on August 6 is known for its hilarious captions and smart-witted posts on Twitter.

“I hear “plandids” are all the rage back on Earth. Did I get it right? I took this image using my Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) which is on the turret at the end of my arm. All LEDs were off, so the Sun is my only source of illumination,” it captioned the picture in a tweet.

The rover had acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), which is located on the turret at the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm, on August 22. 

When this image was obtained, NASA explains, the focus motor count position was 12588. The number indicates the internal position of the MAHLI lens at the time the image was acquired. It also tells whether the dust cover was open or closed.


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