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Curiosity's belly-pan self portrait test

Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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Curiosity's belly-pan self portrait test All sequences involving Curiosity's robotic arm must be tested with the Virtual System Testbed (VSTB, nicknamed "Maggie") before being run on Mars. This is a test of the 360-degree panorama inspired by Curiosity's sol-34 "belly pan", performed on July 30, 2013. The sequence was eventually run on Mars on sol 1065 (August 5, 2015). The seated engineer is Joseph Carsten, the rover planner who developed the Curiosity self-portrait arm sequences.


Original image data dated on or about July 30, 2013.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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