Wheels down, Mars rover takes in the view

Wheels down, Mars rover takes in the view

Curiosity lands safely, begins transmitting images

By Nadia Drake, 23:10 PM August 6, 2012

PASADENA, Calif. — Curiosity is alive and well on Mars.

After a daring, well-documented descent into Gale Crater, NASA’s flagship rover came to rest about 6.5 kilometers from the base of Mount Sharp and 28 kilometers from the crater’s northwest rim.

For the next few weeks, Mars’ newest inhabitant will stay put, easing its many instruments into action while snapping photos of its environs. For now, it appears that Curiosity — and all the instruments aboard — are healthy.

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