NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped ultra-clear pictures of itself while testing a powerful camera at the tip of its robotic arm.
The stunning new photos show detailed views of its wheels and underbelly, a self-portrait of the robot's head-like camera mast and even a snapshot of a 1909 Lincoln penny used for calibration that hitched a ride to the Red Planet with the rover.
Another snapshot taken on Friday captures a dusty view of Curiosity's camera mast. The photo appears hazy not because of a dust storm, but because the dust cover on the Mars Hand Lens Imager was closed at the time.
The rover, now 100 meters away from its landing site inside the Gale Crater, is to travel another 300 meters to reach its next ultimate destination, the 5 km tall Mount Sharp where it will spend about a month to test its onboard drill, which is to dig deeper into the Martian surface than any such device did before.