PIA16015: Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: CTX
Product Size: 758 x 511 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Full-Res TIFF: PIA16015.tif (388 kB)
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Original Caption Released with Image:

These before-and-after images show the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars. These are enlarged images from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken on Aug. 1 and 7. Arrows show the locations of the impacts.

This linear cluster of dark disrupted ground is about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the rover. The length of this cluster is about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer). There are six impact sites, one for each of the 55-pound (25-kilogram) tungsten Entry Ballast Masses.

The images were acquired by the Context Camera at a resolution of 20 feet (6 meters) per pixel but projected here at 16 feet (5 meters) per pixel.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Image Addition Date:
2012-08-08