A "long" view of the Curiosity Descending image
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
06-08-2012 18:41 CDT
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!
OK, now for that strip containing the spacecraft: