The big Curiosity update

A lot has happened in the past few weeks on Mars.

First of all we have much more high resolution videos of the entry decent and landing:

And amazing self portraits:

And brilliant panoramas:

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Then came the system checks. First a little wiggling of the wheels:

And a test of the laser systems:

Then it was time to get a move on:

Now we wait for the amazing discoveries to start rolling in.

There are 70 lbs of science at the end of my arm! Includes a drill, scoop, brush camera & X-ray tool @MarsCuriosity

UPDATE: The images from Mars are truly amazing:

Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA’s Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover’s eventual science destination.

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