Curiosity Sends Home a Self-Shot That's Out of This World

You've probably taken some pictures of yourself at some point or another, but none of them were on Mars. Yesterday, everybody's favorite currently-active Mars rover, Curiosity, sent back a self-shot that is literally out of this world.

In the picture, we finally get a great shot of Curiosity's face (well, its mast) including its lone eye, which is actually the rover's rock-busting laser. It's a nice snapshot, but it didn't come straight from Curiosity in such great condition. The original picture is obscured by the camera's dust-cover, and taken from a weird upside-down angle.

The cleaned up image you see above is thanks to The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla, who cleaned up the shot, and twisted it around so we could look at Curiosity eye to eye. The Rover has a lot of other work to get to, and none of the rest of it involves this level of vanity, but it's nice to see a good self-portrait of the robot that's out there, alone on Mars, furthering the knowledge of all mankind. [NASA, The Planetary Society via The Verge]