This Is Mars Curiosity's First Image

By Jesus Diaz on at

The Mars Curiosity Rover has landed successfully! And here's the first image, from the hazard cameras that will help it navigate through the surface of Mars. This is a phenomenal achievement. And here is its first image.

The image shows the shadow of the rover, securely positioned on the surface of the red planet. It seems like a boring image, but it's extremely important. It means that everything is ok, that the rover is on firm ground and ready to start moving when Mission Control gives the order. It's also the pinnacle of the landing, perhaps the most amazing achievement in planetary exploration after the Apollo missions.

More images will be coming in the next few days. The first horizon image should be coming any time now. The first high definition panorama, however, is a week away. Both should be amazing, showing a gigantic mountain: Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp,

I'm still live at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Stay tuned for more updates!