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New Images, Video from Mars Show Towering Mountain, Precipitous Descent on to Surface: VIDEO


New images and video have been presented by NASA from today's historic landing on the Martian surface by the car-sized rover Curiosity.

One new image shows the rover's wheels and shadow with Mt. Sharp in the background. The mountain is Curiosity's main scientific destination and is three miles high and four miles away. The rover will eventually be analyzing its geology.

The other fascinating piece of media released today is a low-res video consisting of 297 images shot by the probe as it landed which show the heat shield falling away and then a cloud of dust kicked up as jets fired to cushion its blow on the planet.


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  1. Wow! Great video. I watched the two feeds from the control center and the atmosphere in there was electric. It was very exciting to watch them live, in a way like participating in a moment in history!

    This really is nothing short of a stupendous achievement for NASA and the nation as a whole; moments such as these are so great and I count myself lucky to have cared about it and to care about it.

    This rover has potential for social change, perhaps great potential. I wonder if it's on many people's radar, the possibility that this thing may actually find signs of extinct life, or even life extant. Such a discover could cause a great examination of our collective lives and our collective humanity, and that might be a good thing. We'll see! That's what makes this so exciting for me.

    Posted by: StarGem | Aug 6, 2012 10:41:01 PM

  2. totally woth it, oh yah

    btw, i totally understand u gotta make money from obnoxious ads but how bout getting rid of the "you might also like" pop-up crapalooza. really.

    Posted by: khan | Aug 6, 2012 11:01:19 PM

  3. I hope I live to see humans establish a base on another planet, the moon, whatever. I love this stuff. Considering what that contraption had to go through and how far it traveled, it's an amazing achievement. We humans are capable of awesome things when we put our minds to it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 6, 2012 11:05:53 PM

  4. Really??? More prop... from Nasa. There are better ways to fund your tired space failures...Does Apollo lunar spacecapades ring a bell...check out "A funny thing happened on the way to the moon"

    Posted by: michael | Aug 7, 2012 2:56:13 AM

  5. Stargem - This is a stupendous achievement, but I wish I had your enthusiasm for "potential" social change. I think you mean orthodox religion, and it's insistence that it's scripture and traditions represent absolute truth. Think again.

    Even if we find living microbes on Mars the religious establishment will find a way to resist change for many years, perhaps centuries to come. They are delusional now, they will hold on to their delusion concerning gay people despite evidence of microbes on another planet.

    Posted by: Boston Dave | Aug 7, 2012 3:20:05 AM

  6. Can you just let it go for a day and enjoy the cool shots from a planet far, far away? Please do.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Aug 7, 2012 3:47:03 AM

  7. Stop motion and more B&W fotos of a shadow. We have come along way.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 7, 2012 8:01:27 AM

  8. ""A funny thing happened on the way to the moon"

    ... has been rigorously debunked. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the moon landings were a hoax.

    Posted by: Nat | Aug 7, 2012 9:03:48 AM

  9. Too bad the administration has gutted NASA funding.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 7, 2012 5:13:39 PM

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