This set of images shows the movement of the front left wheel of NASA’s Curiosity as rover drivers turned the wheels in place at the landing site on Mars. Engineers wiggled the wheels as a test of the rover’s steering and anticipate embarking on Curiosity’s first drive in the next couple of days. This image was taken by one of Curiosity’s Navigation cameras on Aug. 21.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Page Last Updated: August 21, 2012 Page Editor: Tony Greicius NASA Official: Brian Dunbar
new images of Gale Crater and Curiosity’s landing spot.
For the far left photo, here’s the notes from NASA-“This color-enhanced view — taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead — shows the terrain around the rover’s landing site within Gale Crater on Mars. Colors were enhanced to bring out subtle differences, showing that the landing region is not as colorful as regions to the south, closer to Mount Sharp, where Curiosity will eventually explore. In reality, the blue colors are more gray.
The rover itself is seen as the circular object, with the blast pattern from its descent stage seen as relatively blue colors.”
Not impressed with JPL’s Mars landing? Well this should convince you otherwise. It is absolutely incredible what these people accomplished. And put the extreme degree of difficulty aside, NASA did it with bare bones funding. Thanks US Government.