Curiosity on Mars

August 9, 2012
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This image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars on August 5. The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet from the spacecraft. This image shows the inside surface of the heat shield, with its protective multi-layered insulation. The bright patches are calibration targets for MARDI. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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