Time Magazine had an article with a photographic portrait of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, attributed to NSA/JPL.

Here's another version:

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This photos seems like it would be impossible to take.

I would understand if it had used a monopod or any other extension from coming from its body, but how was it able to even take a photo including its optic lens?

I would even accept it if it used remote controlled drones (it's possible) but from how they put it, they "combined all the photos taken by the curiosity".

  • my apologies, I could not find/ add proper tags to this question. There were no other topics relating to space exploration.
    – Malky.Kid
    Jul 22, 2014 at 2:29
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    This question is off-topic because it is no longer about if, and has become about why.
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 22, 2014 at 6:15
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    You seem satisfied with (a) that it was done - which was the question, and (b) how it was done - which was the mystery. We have no way of definitively answering (c) why it was done. Isn't "that it is a cool, publicity stunt" sufficient?
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 22, 2014 at 6:17
  • yes sir. I guess that works. I'll edit out the why to keep the question acceptable
    – Malky.Kid
    Jul 23, 2014 at 1:36
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    I've fixed it now. Answering you own question is fine, but you answered it IN THE QUESTION. The Huffington post link is now only in the answer.
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 23, 2014 at 8:57

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Huffington Post shared some explanations about how the photo was captured. The Rover had used ANOTHER arm to capture the selfies. NASA then collated the selfies to produce the image.

Here is the actual selfie taken with the camera from Curiosity's other arm.

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