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A "long" view of the Curiosity Descending image

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

06-08-2012 18:41 CDT

Topics: pretty pictures, spacecraft, pics of spacecraft in space, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

I thought you guys would enjoy this. The HiRISE team has released the full-resolution, not-map-projected version of the photo they took of Curiosity descending under parachute. The full version may be downloaded here (scroll to "descent long view"). If you download the whole thing, you'll notice it's made up of a number of strips that aren't perfectly aligned. That alignment will take time, for reasons explained by Timothy Reed in a blog entry he wrote about the HiRISE imaging of Phoenix. In the meantime, I've sliced out the strip that contains Curiosity, and am presenting it here at half its full scale. Here is the full-scale version of the image below in PNG format (about 10 MB). But before I do that, look, it's the heat shield!

Curiosity's heat shield falling toward Mars

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Emily Lakdawalla

Curiosity's heat shield falling toward Mars
A color MARDI image from the descent sequence shows the heat shield falling far below the rover. It was taken Sol 0 (2012-08-06 05:15:39 UTC).

OK, now for that strip containing the spacecraft:

Curiosity descends under parachute to Mars
 
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Comments:

Vic: 08/07/2012 02:32 CDT

How fortunate to have eyes in the sky to catch these images. I'm sure the orbiter will continue to supply us with many more surprise shots in the future. Good work, Mr. Reed.

Jimmars: 08/07/2012 08:54 CDT

Thanks for this picture. I think I found the location where the Rover is landing on CTX image B01_009927_1752--along the left edge. However, the features on the CTX image are much smaller than in the picture you posted.

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