Nasa has used its high-resolution imaging satellite at the Red Planet to look down on the Curiosity rover and acquire a new picture of the recently landed six-wheeled robot.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) can see details on the surface as small as 62cm across. Its new view of Curiosity makes it possible to discern clearly the outline of the vehicle. The picture has been colour enhanced to emphasise certain ground features.
These include the disturbance in the soil made either side of the vehicle by the rocket powered crane that lowered Curiosity into the equatorial Gale Crater a week ago. Since then, engineers have been checking out its systems and instruments. The past four days have been spent upgrading the vehicle’s onboard software. Via Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover seen in new satellite image.