As the Perseverance rover tests its wheels in Jezero Crater before it really begins its journey to Mars, the Curiosity rover has been busy taking selfies of an intriguing rock formation.
The gritty old wanderer looks sharp in a selfie taken with a beautiful Martian rock outcrop nicknamed “Mont Mercou” after a mountain in France.
Curiosity used its drill to capture a sample of rock near the formation, which the scientists dubbed Nontron.
Curiosity used its drill to turn the sample into powder, which was then fed into some of the rover’s instruments. Scientists can analyze data from the rover’s instruments to learn more about the composition of the rocks in the area.
The Curiosity rover also recently looked up to capture an image of clouds on Mars, taken using its right navigation camera.
Quick! Stop scrolling.— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) March 30, 2021
What you see here aren’t just any clouds, they’re Martian clouds. Take a moment out of your day to look at the sky of another world.
? taken by my right Navigation Camera. https://t.co/rc7rOWK87d pic.twitter.com/uOBOh3GHkP