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

August 7, 2012


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.


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.

  • Sylvain Gagn√©

    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.

  • da1nonlysage

    This was supposed to rhyme. you suck, sir

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