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Curiosity's heat shield falling toward Mars

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).

The photo has been processed to reduce compression artifacts (using a Gaussian blur, a slight downsize, and a bit of sharpening).

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about August 6, 2012

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