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Science & Health
9:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

NASA Curiosity rover sends flood of Mars pictures

NASA's Curiosity rover sends back a shot of the horizon of the planet Mars.
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA has received a flood of new black-and-white pictures from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama. The photos began pouring in Wednesday morning after the nuclear-powered rover raised its mast that's equipped with the cameras. The raw images reveal portions of the rover's instrument deck, its shadow on the ground and the Martian horizon. Since touching down inside Gale Crater Sunday night, Curiosity has beamed home a steady stream of images, including the first color view from the landing site.

Science & Health
11:12 am
Mon August 6, 2012

NASA'S "Curiosity" Mars rover "phones home"

Artists' rendering of NASA's Mars rover "Curiosity" being lowered to the surface by its "skycrane"
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on late Sunday after the robotic explorer Curiosity signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. The most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built touched down on the Martian surface inside of a giant crater after a tricky landing routine that included a series of braking tricks, a heat shield and a supersonic parachute.

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