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


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