NASA’s Curiosity rover has been hard at work over the past several months at a site thought to contain ancient surface materials. And as this stunning new selfie shows, the dust-covered probe is really starting to blend into its environment.
Curiosity has been exploring Mars since 2012, and it’s certainly starting to show. With the closest car wash located nearly 51 million miles (82 million kilometers) away, the six-wheeled machine, covered in dust, has taken on the complexion of the Red Planet.
The 59 photos used to create this mosaic image were taken on October 25, 2020, according to a NASA statement. Imaging experts with the space agency carefully stitched the photos together, in such a way to remove the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Camera (MAHLI).