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Curiosity Rover Captures Mysterious Photo on Mars

The NASA Mars rover “Curiosity” made a successful landing early on Monday morning, ending its daunting nine-month, 354 million mile journey to Mars. Scientists were eager to get a glimpse at some of the photos that the Curiosity rover was able to capture on the Red Planet. There were a few photos in particular that grabbed their attention, and they are still trying to confirm exactly what is in the strange mysterious photo from mars.

This is the one photo the Curiosity rover took from mars that NASA experts are a little baffled by. *(Note the grey object on the horizon) :

curiosity mars rover mysterious photo

This “crime scene photo” reveals a bit more information about the backdrop of the mysterious mars photo.

“The photo shows the aftermath of the landing in the vast Gale crater, during which the rover was lowered to the surface on cables attached to the hovering Sky Crane,” writes SPACE.com reporter Clara Moskowitz. “Around Curiosity’s landing spot, dark streaks can be seen where the bright dust of the Martian surface has been disturbed by the rover’s descent hardware.”

mars curiosity rover mysterious photo explanation

The projected locations of each object

One theory is that the mysterious photo sent from Mars shows part of the spacecraft that escorted the rover through the atmosphere crash-landing about 2,000-feet away. Some scientists have expressed skepticism however, they say it is circumstantial evidence, but is not a certainty. They say that photos from space are “not always perfect” and some have been deceptive in the past. Either way, the team at NASA is thrilled that the Curiosity rover was able to land successfully on Mars and bring them images back to Earth. A lot more will be revealed soon about the mysterious Red Planet.

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One Response to Curiosity Rover Captures Mysterious Photo on Mars

  1. judithatwood says:

    Very Interesting!

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