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Emily LakdawallaAugust 6, 2012

Curiosity: Notes from the two day-after-landing press briefings

This is just insane. The Internet is still totally exploding over what happened yesterday.

I'll try not to add redundancy to the chatter and just hit high points. And boy, were there high points at today's press briefings, one of them held at 9:00 a.m. and one at 4:00 p.m., Pacific time. I stayed at JPL all night before attending the morning one; I had had a meal, a brief nap, and a shower before the afternoon one. I've posted the amazing HiRISE photo of Curiosity descending (both the spacecraft and its heat shield), and the equally amazing video from the MARDI camera. Now for just some plain facts, and the best-available version of the rover's forward view from landing day:

Full-resolution front hazcam view of Curiosity's landing site, sol 0


Full-resolution front hazcam view of Curiosity's landing site, sol 0
Curiosity sees two wheels on soil, its shadow in front of it, a dark line of sand dunes, and a bright hill of the Gale crater central mountain in this photo taken from its front hazard avoidance camera late on the day it landed. The image has been processed to correct the fish-eye distortion of the camera.

Some details on the physical state of the rover:

Some details on plans for the coming sols: (I have very poor notes on this. Has anybody out there collected the scattered comments on what activities are planned for when?)

Some very, very early commentary from John Grotzinger on science:

Some other random facts:

 The next briefing is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PDT (17:00 UTC). I plan to be at JPL for that one.

Read more: mission status, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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