NASA rover clicks selfie on Mars!

New York, May 2: Don’t miss this selfie from the red planet. NASA’s rover Curiosity has started drilling on Mars for the third time and did not miss the opportunity to take its Martian self-portrait.

The drill has begun at a geologically interesting location nicknamed “The Kimberley”.

In this selfie, Curiosity appears to be leaning its “head” — a suite of instruments including the Chemcam and Mastcam cameras to the side — capturing the 5 km high Aeolis Mons (‘Mount Sharp’) on the horizon.

In coming days, the rover will conduct a preparatory “mini-drill” operation to check the area for readiness, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement.

The hammering drill on Curiosity collects powdered sample material from rocks and then delivers portions to laboratory instruments onboard.

The self portrait has been put together by Discovery News.