NASA has released the first high-resolution color mosaic from its Curiosity rover, showing for the very first time the geological environment around its landing site in Gale Crater on Mars.
The robotic explorer Curiosity’s daring plunge through the pink skies of Mars was more than perfect. It landed with spectacular style, said a NASA scientist, describing the first images of its mechanical gymnastics.
The Mars Science Laboratory silently raced toward its target Sunday, picking up speed as it closed in for a 13,200-mph plunge into the Red Planet’s atmosphere and an action-packed seven-minute descent required a rocket-powered “sky crane” to lower the one-ton nuclear-powered rover to the surface. It went off without a hitch.
The most high-tech Mars rover ever built has landed on the red planet.
NASA is opening its doors to a select group of space enthusiasts to watch the latest Mars rover, Curiosity, land on the Red Planet.
NASA is making a cosmic U-turn on the road to Mars.
Scientists say NASA is about to propose major cuts in its exploration of other planets, especially Mars. And NASA’s former science chief is calling it irrational.