Apr 01 2015

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Curiosity’s landing site changing over time

Watch Curiosity’s Scars on Mars Change Over Time. Some pretty cool animated .gif at the link. Here are some of my favorites:

The site where the sky crane impacted after lowering Curiosity to the ground:

Note that it fades but then reappears over time. They’re not exactly sure why.

Curiosity’s landing site:

That speck right in the middle is Curiosity. After the 2nd frame, it has moved off screen and on to its exploring.

I think this one’s my favorite. This is where the backshell and parachute landed.

Notice the parachute changing shape over time as the wind blows it around.

These images are from 12 August 2012 (six days after landing) through Feb 2015. Pretty cool!

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