Curiosity is on Mars!

Well, of course, Curiosity would on Mars in any event. But it’s down, it’s alive, and it seems to be in the right location. The 14 minute delay period was quite intense! I knew the lander was down, but the signals that revealed its fate were still in transit. It’s a big freakin’ solar system out there!

Just to add to the fun, we’ve even got a shot of Curiosity on its way down to the surface.

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That’s The Mars Reconnaissance Orbit caught this view of Curiosity dangling from its parachute. (Image courtesy NASA/JPL-CalTech/University of Arizona)

On a completely different note, don’t forget the upcoming Perseids. There have been a few early Persieds this year, so keep  your eyes peeled.

 

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About Tim Cole

Astronomy enthusiast and educator, all-around fancier of dark skies and starry nights
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