Curiosity rover photographed descending on its parachute

Curiosity descends to the Martian surface beneath its parachute in this image taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The inset magnified image shows detail on both the parachute and back shell, although the thin parachute cords can’t be seen. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona

While the Curiosity rover is sending back some amazing images of its landing place on Mars, another orbiting spacecraft took its own awesome photo – showing Curiosity descending to the Martian surface, hanging below its huge parachute.

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