Skooter reporting 08/07/12
A NASA satellite (HiRise) in orbit around Mars managed to capture a photo of the split second when Curiosity dropped from the skies to its daring and successful landing on the surface of the red planet.
And in a grand second act, the rover sent out back its first images from the surface of the planet, including a snap Monday night of Mars' Mount Sharp threatening in the distance, the object of Curiosity's own programmed curiosity.
In the foreground you could see the rover's shadow with dunes in the vastness. And beyond rises the highest peak of Mount Sharp, at a height of about 3.4 miles taller than Mount Whitney in California. NASA team hopes to deploy the vehicle to the mountain to find out its lower layers which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change.
Watch the video to appreciate the mission of Curiousity.