Final Resting Spot for Curiositys Heat Shield
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Final Resting Spot for Curiosity's Heat Shield

August 11, 2012
This close-up view shows Curiosity's heat shield, which helped the rover survive the harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, on the surface of Mars. The image was captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after landing. When the object hit the ground, bright dust at the surface was churned up, exposing darker material underneath. Credit: NASA

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