The First Available High-Res Image from the Curiosity Rover on Mars

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The Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars in a picture-perfect landing sequence. But really, the proof is in the pudding, and by pudding, I mean pictures. The pictures aren't just something to look at, but represent clear evidence that the rover's imaging and communication systems are in good shape. The ability to send the data that contains a photograph is step one of the Martian phase of this complex and fascinating mission.

So, it's probably fitting that the first image we got from the surface of Mars is our rover looking at its own shadow. We're there on the surface of the next planet out from the sun, staring at ourselves, marveling at the achievement.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

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