Perseverance Rover takes a selfie with the Ingenuity drone on Mars

(Credit: NASA)

The Perseverance rover on Mars just took one of the best selfies ever.

NASA released the photos on Wednesday, which show the rover apparently taking a photo of itself alongside the Ingenuity drone on the Martian surface.

The photos were taken the day before. Perseverance was built with a rather long 7ft robotic arm. The same arm has a wide-angle camera, allowing the rover to take pictures of itself.

A GIF posted by NASA on the selfie.

A GIF posted by NASA on the selfie.

“Two robots, a selfie. Greetings from Jezero Crater, where I took my first selfie of the mission, ”the official Twitter Account for perseverance displayed. However, NASA notes that the selfies were actually stitched together from 62 high-quality individual images, taken from different angles.

Another selfie

Credit: NASA

NASA took the photos as it prepared to fly the Ingenuity drone to Mars for the first time. The test flight is currently scheduled for the end of the day this Sunday, April 11, assuming local wind conditions are favorable.

The goal is first to fly Ingenuity up to 10 feet in the air for up to 30 seconds. Afterward, the rover will hopefully download all the images and videos taken from the drone’s camera and send them back to NASA.

“Based on data transmitted the first night after the flight, the Ingenuity team expects to be able to determine whether their first attempt at the flight to Mars was successful,” NASA said. The agency plans to hold a press conference for the event at 3:30 a.m. EST on Monday, April 12.

This isn’t the first time Perseverance has taken a selfie. Last month, the rover took separate photos of itself as the robot prepared to navigate a hill.