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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Caught in the Act of Landing

Rover and parachute Mars descent

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide (almost 16 meter) parachute as it descended towards its landing site at Gale Crater.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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