Wheels on Mars

One of Curiosity’s six wheels sitting on the Martian surface after a perfect landing.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems

A great image taken by the Curiosity rover of one of its six wheels. Lots of detail but also iconic, showing that the largest rover ever sent to Mars so far, using a first-ever new landing technique, successfully descended to the surface. With “wheels on the ground” now, it will soon begin exploring, along with the Opportunity rover, which is still roving after eight years!