Posted By RichC on August 6, 2012
Although not the most interesting of photographs this morning, it definitely excited those who are interested in space exploration and the study of Mars. Early this morning, NASA’s billion dollar rover plunged at 13,000 mph through the thin Mars atmosphere and landed inside a giant crater. It “beamed” back this black and white photo confirming that its shadow was indeed safely on the surface.
This is the seventh landing on Mars but the most ambitious with a goal to determine if there is or once was life on this red desert planet. Kudos to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the team of engineers and scientists devoted to making this a successful mission.