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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Caught in the Act of Landing

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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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