This is absolutely amazing. 3D pictures of the Red Planet. A new dawn has arrived and sharp images from Mars will soon be flooding to Earth to showcase the surface of the planet and where testing will begin to analyze samples and the Hunt for life on the Planet. This is absolutely one of the momentous moments in human history.
New pictures show the discarded parachute and heat shield on the martian surface
Scientists begin testing the scientific instruments
Main camera discard its cover, revealing sharpest pictures so far from the rover
The Curiosity rover today sent back the first 3D images of the martian surface as Mission controllers began testing out its camera systems. The rover also sent back the first ‘clear’ pictures of its new home in the Gale crater after a dust cover was successfully jettisoned from one of its main cameras. Nasa also today released new images of the surface of the red planet showing the rover and the discarded landing casing and parachute on the red planet’s surface.
It is the first of dozens of images set to be released over the coming days as Nasa begins testing out the scientific instruments that will let the car sized rover search for the ingredients of life.
Nasa has also revealed amazing new images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars’ Gale Crater.
The nuclear-powered, six-wheel Curiosity will spend the next two years chiseling into rocks and scooping up soil at Gale Crater to determine whether the environment ever had the right conditions for microbes to thrive.
It will spend a chunk of its time driving to Mount Sharp where images from space reveal signs of past water on the lower flanks.
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