NASA's Mars Orbiter Snaps A Shot Of Curiosity On The Red Planet's Surface
Every now and then, there are moments in science that just kind of blow you away. This photo of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance orbiter is one such moment. The crystal clear picture was taken on April 11th using the orbiter's HiRise camera, and the detail is quite stunning. It boggles the mind to think that this image is the product of one man made object orbiting an alien planet, while taking a hi-res photo of another man-made object that is motoring around on the alien planet's surface. All of which is happening around 225 million kilometers away from Earth!
If you can't see Curiosity, simply follow the tracks to the bottom of the image. There it is, studying Mount Remarkable, a 5 meter high rocky butte located in an area known as 'the Kimberley'. The Curiosity team are confident that the Kimberley area could hold many secrets to the red planet's potentially habitable past, and how the planet was stripped of its atmosphere.
To view this image in all of its glory, click for a Hi-Res version.