Curiosity Lands!


Curiosity’s many cameras.
Image from JPL.

The Mars rover Curiosity has successfully landed on Mars.  The very complex landing procedure other wise known as,  7 Minutes of Terror, actually worked.  The landing included heat shields, a very large parachute and something called a sky crane.

Curiosity landed in a place called Gale Crater and will soon be sending back full high resolution full color photos.

We do however already have our first black and white photo from one of the Hazard Avoidance Cameras  or Hazcams.

Curiosity will spend 2 years here, searching for the chemical ingredients of life.

Curiosity's First Photo

Curiosity’s First Photo
Image from JPL

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden states:

Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars — or if the planet can sustain life in the future.

Congratulations to everyone involved at NASA and JPL on a job well done!

JPL Press Release & JPL Press Release 2

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