Missed the Curiosity landing the first time around because you were busy watching the Olympics or something? That's okay because Spaceflight101 cobbled together this high def video of Curiosity's descent from some high-res images and, man, is it quite a sight.
Ever since the Curiosity Mars rover landed on the red planet, we've been waiting for it to do something really cool. Sure it's been up there snapping away with its cameras like a tourist, but now it has unleashed its mighty ChemCam laser, and started shooting a nearby rock.
Engineers and staff from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including plenty of the folks responsible for landing the Curiosity rover safely on Mars, took to Reddit to answer any and all questions about the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Well, they tried to answer — the session exploded and right now has over 7,000 comments. Here, we've collected 10 questions and answers we felt stand out from the bunch. The questions from Redditors and answers from the team at JPL are presented unedited.
Think updating your iPhone takes forever? Try updating the Curiosity Mars rover from 350 million miles away. That's exactly what NASA did over the course of four days last week, and it all went down without a single boo-boo.
If you're part of the NASA Curiosity rover team, what could be more awesome than successfully landing on Mars? Actually, nothing. But a music video paying homage to your efforts as the revitalization of NASA cool is a close second.
Since Curiosity landed on Mars, the rover's been busy beaming back photos for us earthlings to salivate over. One fan took the high-res photos that Curiosity shot from its second day on Mars and stitched them into a 360-degree interactive panorama. This is probably the closest you'll ever get to visiting Mars — for now, anyway.
To put all the megapixel nuts in their place, NASA's released this high-resolution color mosaic of Mars stitched together from 79 photos. We can't remember the last time we were so enchanted by rocky mesas.
Did you look at the "high-res" photo of Mars that Curiosity shot and wonder how many gigahertz and megapixels it took to get that photo? We advise you to sit down, because the 2,000-pound rover's guts are pretty weak compared to today's powerful smartphones and tablets.
Ever since its dramatic, flawless landing on Mars, Curiosity has been busy, well, being a bit of an interplanetary tourist. And who wouldn't go a little camera crazy on the surface of Mars? Here's one of the latest images from the rover: the crispest image yet of the terrain around it.
Cameras don't get much more advanced than the models carried on the Mars Rover Curiosity. We've seen a few shots sent back after landing, but they weren't taken by the camera shown here, part of the Mastcam System. These two incredibly complex cams are expected to start sending back images next week.