Aug 8, 2012
Mars Rover Sends Back New Photos
Written under: Science
NASA has just released to the public new photos taken from the Mars rover.
The new batch of colored images were taken by Curiosity, NASA’s new rover, last Tuesday, which shows Mars surface as a dusty desert.
This pictures are now posted on the space agency’s website.
“The image sequence received so far indicates Curiosity had, as expected, a very exciting ride to the surface,” NASA said in a press statement.
“As dramatic as they are, there is real other-world importance to obtaining them. These images will help the mission scientists interpret the rover’s surroundings, the rover drivers in planning for future drives across the surface, as well as assist engineers in their design of forthcoming landing systems for Mars or other worlds.”
The $2.6 billion Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.” This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world’s largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen.
The spacecraft had been traveling away from Earth since November 26 on a journey of about 352 million miles (567 million kilometers), according to NASA.