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Curiosity Lands On Mars

By Keith Cowing
August 6, 2012
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Sends Back Image of Curiosity Rover Descent, SpaceRef
NASA released an image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which was taken during the descent of the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover and shows the deployed parachute and the spacecraft as it prepares to land.
NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain
“NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.”
Video: Relive the Mars Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars , SpaceRef
In a technological feat never before tried the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars on time with apparently no apparent glitches and because the Odyssey orbiter was in a good alignment, a few pictures came in right away.
NASA’s New Mars Rover Sends Higher-Resolution Image
“About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA’s Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater. Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., received the image, taken by one of the vehicle’s lower-fidelity, black-and-white Hazard Avoidance Cameras – or Hazcams.”

Keith’s note: Mars Science Laboratory has successfully landed on Mars. Images have been received. Raw images will be posted at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/. According to Presidential science advisor John Holdren: “There is a one ton automobile sized piece of American ingenuity sitting on the surface of Mars”

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