Pictures from Our Robot on Mars
Curiosity, NASA's $2.5 billion Mars rover, landed on the Red Planet at about 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time last night after an 8-month, 352 million-mile journey and successful landing at the Gale Crater. Within minutes, it started beaming images back to Earth via orbiting satellites. Here are a few of the earliest shots. Curiosity's (excellent) Twitter feed informs us that we'll be getting higher resolution, color images later this week. For now, just marvel at the fact that you're looking at pictures taken by a robot we put on a planet more than 141 million miles from our sun. This is truly one of the most interesting things humanity's up to right now.
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