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Curiosity rover takes 'selfie' on Red Planet

The US space agency has released a "selfie" image of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars.

The photo, taken from Mar's Vera Rubin Ridge, shows a 360 degree panoramic view of the Red Planet made from images taken from a camera on the rover’s mast on Aug. 9.

In the photo you can see a thin layer of dust coating the rover caused by summer dust storms.

The nuclear-powered Curiosity rover had just drilled for a rock sample before taking the selfie, NASA said.

According to NASA, Curiosity's mission is to “investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life."

Curiosity landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012.

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