Curiosity Images Just Keep Coming

Even before its wheel very gently struck Martian soil on August 6, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity started taking pictures. The Mars Descent Imager, or MARDI, started snapping photos from Curiosity’s belly as it hurtled towards the Martian surface. Here, a stop motion video of the last two and half minutes of the rover’s descent, starting with the dramatic release of its 4.5 m  heat shield.

According to NASA, resolution on all early MARDI images is reduced by a factor of 8 to improve transmission speed. The full resolution images will be sent later.

 

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.

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