Wheels on Mars

One of Curiosity’s six wheels sitting on the Martian surface after a perfect landing.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Malin Space Science Systems

A great image taken by the Curiosity rover of one of its six wheels. Lots of detail but also iconic, showing that the largest rover ever sent to Mars so far, using a first-ever new landing technique, successfully descended to the surface. With “wheels on the ground” now, it will soon begin exploring, along with the Opportunity rover, which is still roving after eight years!

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.