Cocktail Astronomy | Curiosity's Extraterrestrial Selfie

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

Ok, we've all done it. Had a little too many cocktails at a party and then the shameless selfies start snapping. Well, Curiosity, NASA's Mars rover, couldn't help itself either and in Feb 2013 produced what may well be the first extraterrestrial selfie. Curiosity's selfie is actually made up of 66 individual selfies taken by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) which was cleverly positioned out of frame during the selfie fest. The selfie does actually serve a purpose though, it was used to document the first rock drilling site, a flat outcrop referred to as "John Klein". It's OK Curiosity, we've all been there.