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6 August 2012

e2v imaging sensors arrive on Mars as NASA’s Curiosity successfully lands

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.

e2v imaging sensors equip both the rover’s Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) which was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Chemistry & Camera instrument (ChemCam) which was developed by the Los Alamos National Lab under an agreement with NASA’s JPL.  Read more here.

e2v imaging sensors onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), also captured an image of the Curiosity rover descending to land on Mars. Read more about MRO here.


Curiosity spotted on parachute by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – courtesy of NASA/FPL-Caltech/Uni. of Arizona