Curiosity takes a first look around the Red Planet
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Friday 10 August 2012
The first high-resolution images of Mars taken by Nasa's Curiosity rover have revealed stunning details of a flat, dust-strewn landscape surrounded by distant hills.
Nasa scientists joked that the pictures are reminiscent of the Mojave Desert in California where they undertook simulated explorations of the Red Planet before the $2.5bn mission.
"You would really be forgiven for thinking that Nasa was trying to pull a fast one, and we actually put a rover out in the Mojave Desert and took a picture," said John Grotzinger, a project scientist.
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