Curiosity’s Heat Shield in View
This tone thumbnail picture was performed by NASA’s Curiosity corsair during a skirmish to a aspect of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The picture was performed by a Mars Descent Imager instrument famous as MARDI and shows a 15-foot (4.5-meter) hole feverishness defense when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from a spacecraft. It was performed dual and one-half mins before touching down on a aspect of Mars and about 3 seconds after feverishness defense separation. It is among a initial tone images Curiosity sent behind from Mars. The fortitude of all of a MARDI frames is reduced by a cause of 8 in sequence for them to be soon perceived on Earth during this early proviso of a mission. Full fortitude (1,600 by 1,200 pixel) images will be returned to Earth over a subsequent several months as Curiosity starts a systematic scrutiny of Mars.
The strange picture from MARDI has been geometrically corrected to demeanour flat.
Curiosity landed inside of a void famous as Gale Crater.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS