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Just in case you missed it, here's one of the most amazing photos of the Space Age: the new Mars lander Curiosity descending into the atmosphere of Mars by parachute, as photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars.


Click the image to see NASA's Curiosity website, which has lots more photos and videos.

Think about that for a moment: A robotic explorer in orbit around the planet Mars has photographed a new robotic lander plummeting toward the surface below.

We live in an age of wonders.

Chris

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carmy_w
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
This is SO COOL!
mckitterick
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though? Spirit and Opportunity have a new friend.
xjenavivex
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I heard the news this morning. I figured there was a post in the making. This is so cool!
mckitterick
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I only regret that not having cable meant I wasn't able to watch it live... which was of course a 14-minute delay, anyhow ;-)
siro_gravity
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
1. WOW!
2. that little square, enlarged? MORE WOW!
mckitterick
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah! Here it is enlarged:


dragonet2
Aug. 7th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
We stayed up watching it
on the NASA channel, fingers crossed, bated breath, then lots of cheering. I cried a little, another brave robot set off to do our work for us. (Doc asked if anyone told Curiosity that it was a one-way trip.)

Then this photo this morning. WOOOT!
silverfae
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
I loved this news.

I do hope there isn't a cat on Mars. I'd be sad.
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