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Space Is Making A Comeback: Curiosity's First Color Shot, High-Res Shot And Video Of Rover's Descent To Mars

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This is the first "true-color" shot from the Curiosity rover beamed back to earth from the surface of the red planet some 352-million miles away. The ridge in the background is the north wall of the Gale Crater, or, as at least one blogger suspects, a Hollywood backlot recreation of it. Unfortunately, apparently even a $2.6-billion budget can't build a robot that can hold a camera straight. I bet it shoots all its iPhone videos in portrait mode too. God, even WALL-E knows better than that and one time he took a picture of his own eyeball trying to get a shot of EVE.

Hit the jump for a higher-res black and white shot taken earlier and a time-lapse video of Curiosity's decent to the planet.

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Thanks to everyone who sent these, if I had to pick a team to explore the red planet you'd all definitely be included. Me? I'd stay here on earth screaming, "OMG, ALIENS!" into my communicator just to keep you on your toes.

There are Comments.
  • Sylvain Gagné

    Very impressive size of rover. It's a first time for a very complete science laboratory. Cool!

  • $18922249

    I so hope they find fossils of some sort (or better yet, life) so a certain group of people will finally shut the fuck up (I mean... I know they won't, but it will be fun watching them retrofit some broken explanation to a bronze age myth).

  • Guest

    That was some pretty good footage, I look forward to seeing the rest o' the photos from the mission.

  • Anyone been following this thing on twitter? @marscuriosity it has a tude.

  • I didn't know you could "Decent" onto any planet from space...

  • bluecheesedressing

    We need to start the terraforming process within this decade or the next, lest our grandchildren and their children face the inevitable Malthusian nightmare.

  • Lee

    Sooo when do we start manned missions?? I wanna see some form of colonization before Im yelling at kids to stay off my lawn and to get a haircut.

  • I just nerdgasamed.
    Now I need a mop.

  • Don't call it a comeback. Space has been here for years.

  • chris

    This was supposed to rhyme. you suck, sir

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