The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Heat Shield Away!
Filed under pretty pictures, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)
The Mars Descent Imager camera captured this remarkable moment: the heat shield separating and falling away from the spacecraft that carried the Curiosity rover as it descended to the surface. There are flying saucers, but they came from Earth to Mars, not the other way around.
This image is in the public domain.
Original image data dated on or about August 6, 2012
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