Image of the Week #54, August 6th, 2012:

From: See Where Our Curiosity Gets Us? by Kalliopi Monoyios at Symbiartic.

Source: NASA

Last night, NASA added another notch to its belt of successful landings on Mars as its largest rover yet, Curiosity, touched down successfully and sent the first images of Gale Crater back to Earth. This image was taken by its partner in crime, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance orbiter when Curiosity was about 2 miles above the surface of the red planet. In the coming weeks and months, Curiosity will be sending back high resolution and color images of its surroundings as it embarks upon its research mission to test, sample, and analyze the Martian surface.

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