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Home This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA’s Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5th PDT (Aug. 6th EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5th PDT (Aug. 6th EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA’s Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5th PDT (Aug. 6th EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5th PDT (Aug. 6th EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA’s Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5th PDT (Aug. 6th EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This is the full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). The image was originally taken through the “fisheye” wide-angle lens, but has been “linearized” so that the horizon looks flat rather than curved. The image has also been cropped. A Hazard-avoidance camera on the rear-left side of Curiosity obtained this image. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)