Curiosity landed on Mars last night (I assume you were watching). Well, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to take a picture of Curiosity with its parachute! This is so cool. Look:

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). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

How cool is that???? More details here form NASA.


  1. #1 Karina
    August 6, 2012

    Wow, that is amazing. High resolution!

  2. #2 Michael Kelsey
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    August 6, 2012

    Been there, done that.

    (Yes, it is equally cool the second time around!)

  3. #3 Minnemooseus
    August 6, 2012

    Worst case scenario:

    Curiosity crashes into Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – Both crash to the surface.

    Fortunately, it didn’t happen.

  4. #4 gwen
    August 7, 2012

    I can’t wait for ‘Curiosity’ to get going! The suspense is killing me!

  5. #5 Alex
    August 7, 2012

    Its parachute.

  6. #6 Oyun
    August 9, 2012

    I can’t wait for ‘Curiosity’ to get going! The suspense is killing me!

  7. #7 Ciwan
    August 9, 2012

    How long do we have to wait before we know all went according to plan and start receiving signals .. etc ?

  8. #8 Stephen Wilson
    August 12, 2012

    Greg: Have you seen ?

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    August 12, 2012


    Nice work. Hey, was that that cool orbit software from an iPad you had there for a second near the end?