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.
Sol 1 marks the first day of operations for NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. To usher in the start of its 98-week mission, Curiosity was kind enough to send along the first color photo of the Martian landscape around it since landing.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory couldn't have hoped for a more perfect Mars landing for Curiosity. The complex descent went off without a hitch, and not only did Curiosity start sending postcards from Mars immediately, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had a surprise for the world, too.
The amazing Curiosity Rover landed safely on the surface of Mars just a few hours ago, so now we're anxious to see how this puppy works once they get it out and running around on the Martian surface.
It's not often you get to sit and watch history being made, but that's what happened tonight. Curiosity landed on the surface of Mars, inside Gale Crater, with the most complicated and sophisticated landing system ever sent to the red planet. The mission's complexity has been likened to Apollo 11's landing on the Moon in 1969.
It's a lofty task ahead of you — attempting to land the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. This after a journey even hardened NASA engineers are calling "seven minutes of terror." Lucky for you, you can get in on the mission virtually, without having to risk billions of space bucks.