Curiosity is revving up her primary cameras and testing the treads. Soon she’ll trundle off the landing site and start prospecting for Martian gold. I’ve collected a few of the best EDL pics below.
NASA Curiosity homepage:
The sharp eye of the MRO snaps this breathtaking picture of the EDL package as the giant super sonic parachute is slowing Curiosity from hypersonic velocity to about several hundred miles per hour.
Artists’s illustration of the skycrane in action as the rover is being lowered. At this point the vehicle is only a dozen meters above the surface. One false move and …
Blast marks from the skycrane’s retrorockets. There four total, marking the corners of a square around Curiosity, suggesting the skycrane held steady and true while the rover was lowered by cables.
This disappearing plume of dust on the horizon was raised by the discarded skycrane crashing into the surface a few hunded meters away
Where did all that stuff end up? Close by, as this pic shows the final resting place of the main EDL components inside Gale Crater. Click to injuvenate and explanify.
I call this one Black & White Martian “gold”. Click for really big detailed image at NASA homepage.
And now, the science will begin, stay tuned!