Curiosity image: Traces of Landing

Aug 10, 2012
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

( -- This mosaic image shows part of the left side of NASA's Curiosity rover and two blast marks from the descent stage's rocket engines.

The images that were used to make the mosaic were obtained by the rover's Navigation cameras on Aug. 7 PDT (Aug. 8 EDT).

The rim of Gale Crater is the lighter colored band across the horizon. The back of the rover is to the left.

The blast marks can be seen in the middle of the image.

Several small bits of rock and soil, which were made airborne by the , are visible on the rover's top deck.

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1 / 5 (3) Aug 10, 2012
Enough percolate to poison . . . well anything a green can think of.
5 / 5 (3) Aug 11, 2012
Here's a slightly larger version of this image, with that beautiful crater rim at the top more visible: http://www.nasa.g...full.jpg
not rated yet Aug 11, 2012
Enough percolate to poison . . . well anything a green can think of.
I can't think of anything green on Mars.
not rated yet Aug 11, 2012
I can't think of anything green on Mars.

The lack of green on Mars is conclusive proof that the little green men are hiding.
not rated yet Aug 11, 2012
The lack of green on Mars is conclusive proof that the little green men are hiding.

This proves that now, finally, we've found life on Mars!

After all, if the little green men didn't exist, how could they hide?