Curiosity Rover's Parachute Blowing Around On Mars

April 5, 2013

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This is a shot (and time-lapse video) of the Mars rover Curiosity's descent parachute caught blowing around in the breeze . Thankfully, the parachute is still attached to Curiosity's protective landing shell (the white circle), so it can't blow away and wreak havoc on the red planet *cue photo of cute martian monster strangled to death with parachute strings*. Still, I think this serves as a fine reminder of the human method of space exploration: we come, we litter, we never go back. Isn't that right, moon? "YOU ABANDONED A CAR ON ME." Haha, it was a lemon.

Hit the jump for a time-lapse video of the parachute moving around.

Thanks to Nathan, who tried to tell me littering is a way of marking your territory. Dammit Nathan, I hope you were kidding. GIVE A HOOT, DON'T POLLUTE.

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