This is for all the Asian American space geeks out there, I didn’t notice ANY Asians in this photo, so by all means, the only way to increase representation is for qualified people to apply and get in there.
Now that I got the obligatory Asian American content out of the way, here are the way cool pictures, one of them required getting the old 2005 orbiter to fly overhead just when this new guy was landing:
From official NASA photo site you can find at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/gallery-indexEvents.html
Scene of a Martian Landing
The four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA’s Curiosity rover were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image about 24 hours after landing. The large, reduced-scale image points out the strewn hardware: the heat shield was the first piece to hit the ground, followed by the back shell attached to the parachute, then the rover itself touched down, and finally, after cables were cut, the sky crane flew away to the northwest and crashed. Relatively dark areas in all four spots are from disturbances of the bright dust on Mars, revealing the darker material below the surface dust.
Around the rover, this disturbance was from the sky crane thrusters, and forms a bilaterally symmetrical pattern. The darkened radial jets from the sky crane are downrange from the point of oblique impact, much like the oblique impacts of asteroids. In fact, they make an arrow pointing to Curiosity.
The Curiosity rover is approximately 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) away from the heat shield; about 2,020 feet (615 meters) away from the parachute and back shell; and approximately 2,100 feet (650 meters) away from the discoloration consistent with the impact of the sky crane.
omplete HiRISE image products are available at:http://uahirise.org/releases/msl-descent.php.
Landing site – lighter surface dust blown away by landing thrusters
Skycrane Crash Site
Curiosity Away Under Parachute, spotted by Mars Reconaissance Orbiter which was lauched in 2005 to find evidence of water, and was supposed to be done with mission by 2010. Just happened to be overhead. Coincidence…. or conspiracy??????
More pictures HERE