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Mars Curiosity Photographed By 2nd NASA Spacecraft

NASA/JPL, HiRISE/University of Arizona

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover made touchdown on the red planet last night utilizing an incredible Rube Goldberg landing system that included a parachute, retro-rockets, and a sky crane. Amazingly, it all worked perfectly and Curiosity is now telemetry and images back to Earth.

But it’s an image from another NASA spacecraft that has taken our breath away today.

HiRISE–another spacecraft orbiting Mars, and the most powerful camera we’ve ever sent to another planet–captured an image of Curiosity as it descended into the Martian atmosphere on its parachute. NASA knew there was a chance HiRISE could image the landing, but put the odds at 60%.

This photo is breathtaking. Well done NASA and HiRISE teams. Well done.

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