1. A Curiosity Photo Gallery


    MSL’s heat shield drops away from the spacecraft during its descent. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

    As Curiosity returned its first images from Mars, scientists and engineers around the world were ecstatic. To the untrained eye, these initial images might not seem any more impressive than those from prior missions – but they are just a taste of what’s to come.


    On the left, a front Hazcam image before the dust cover was removed; on the right, after. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    As Curiosity runs through a series of health checkups and we wait for new images to arrive, Astrobiology Magazine is taking a look at why the MSL team is so excited by these new images.

    Source: [astrobio.net]