Image of the Day: Mars ‘Curiosity’ Parachuting to Touchdown

 

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The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught the Curiosity rover inside its entry vehicle dangling from its parachute from 340 kilometers away. The chute had been ejected from the entry vehicle by an explosive charge after atmospheric drag had slowed it to Mach 2. The descent vehicle with the rover tucked inside would soon drop out to fire its retrorockets. Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech

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