Curious About Mars? Check Out These Pics From NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity

Photo: NASA via CNN

Talk about some cool selfies!  Check out these photos that the Mars Rover took of itself and the Red Planet on February 26th.  According to CNN, the Rover made history by powering up its steepest hill to date, the Greenheugh Pediment, which is at a 31-degree tilt.  On the way up, the Rover’s drivers paused and savored the moment by taking a series of photos.  You can read more about this “out of this world” accomplishment in NASA’s Mars Mission Update here.

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