Curiosity Opens It’s Eyes

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, containing the Curiosity rover, touched down on the red planet early on August 6, 2012 (UTC). Using a completely new and somewhat wacky ‘SkyCrane’ landing system, almost everything was perfect. The size of a small car, Curiosity rover is the largest object ever sent to Mars and, after touching Martian soil, readily opened its eyes to provide us with the most detailed images ever captured.

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Astronomy PhD student from the UK with a passion for astronomy and science outreach projects. Involved with weekly science-based radio programme The Science Show on University Radio Nottingham (URN).

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