Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, on December 16, 2012, or Sol 129 of her mission.

December 16, 2013

A cheerful patch of heart-shaped sunlight reminds us of how we love learning about Mars! Curiosity took this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, on December 16, 2012, or Sol 129 of her mission.

Most MAHLI images, such as this one, use the sun as an illumination source. However, MAHLI can also use white light LEDs and longwave ultraviolet (UV) LEDs to illuminate targets.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech

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