The rover Curiosity - the first few days on Mars The rover Curiosity, successfully landed on August 6, 2012 in Mars crater Gale, began the journey to the surface of the Red Planet. The rover has already tested their equipment and scientific instruments, drove a few dozen meters, leaving traces on the surface of Mars, and even made the first analysis of the soil. Photos of the first days of the rover Curiosity on the mysterious red planet. Immediately start with the vertical mega-panorama of Mars. It was taken 6 days after landing the rover Curiosity on the surface of the Red Planet Aug. 6, 2012. Snapshot obtained from orbit camera multifunctional automatic interplanetary station NASA. If you click on the panorama, you can see the landing rover Curiosity and dark dunes in the lower part of the image that are between the rover and the main object of the mission - Mount Sharp (she got into the pan and the bottom, behind the scenes). Previous panorama taken from the orbit of Mars multifunctional automatic interplanetary station NASA. It looks something like this: Gale Crater - an impact crater on Mars. Its geological age is approximately 3.5 to 3.8 billion years. An unusual feature of the crater Gale is a huge mound around the central peak. It is in the crater Geigy successfully landed rover Curiosity (green dot). In the center of the crater is a mountain Sharpe where and keeps its course "interesting" rover. Rover's landing site was named "Bradbury Landing» (Bradbury Landing) in honor of the American science fiction writer - the author of "The Martian Chronicles" - Ray Bradbury, which August 22, 2012 would have been 92 years old. Self Portrait rover made it August 7, 2012. The rover found his first goal for the Red Planet's surface - cobblestone, tentatively called N165. With laser gun rover blew it in the dust, and made spectral analysis to determine the chemical composition. The way for the search for water on Mars meets neutron detector made in Russia - one of the many devices rover. Right in the corner shows a wheel rover. Panorama. Traces of Curiosity rover on Mars. He is working on a nuclear fuel, which, according to calculations of scientists, should ensure its operation for two years. After the end of our test rover Curiosity from the landing (Landing Site) will go to the "Crossroads", 500 meters away from him, was named Glenelg (Glenelg). Here there are three types of surface relief. If all goes as planned, the rover will get there in about 1.5 months. But the main purpose of the whole Mars rover program costing $ 2.5 billion - the foot of the hill in the center of the crater Sharp Gale. Path of 20 kilometers will take about two years. That's rover tells us its robotic arm on the ultimate goal - the mountain Sharp. Robotic arm close. It extends to 2.1 meters in length. At hand are a number of scientific instruments: a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, and other instruments for studying the soil of the Red Planet. Color photo of the foot of Sharp, which will go to the rover. Filmed on camera Curiosity August 23, 2012. Panorama of Mars, Mount Sharp and part of the rover Curiosity, August 18, 2012. Another self-portrait of the rover Curiosity. View from above. Interested parties can consider this Martian workaholic detail. Wheel rover Curiosity, August 28, 2012. Scientists do not doubt that Mars once had water, as Gale Crater, where the rover landed - is dry bed of an ancient sea. Mars is dry river bed and its tributaries. Moreover, in the landing area rover Curiosity is "felt" in the soil or water or hydrated minerals - about 1% - 1.5%. This is considerably less than expected ... Traces of the rover on the surface of Mars. Perhaps, early Mars was very similar to our early Earth and had a similar atmosphere and climate. And therefore, all the preconditions for the emergence of life. Interesting geology of the Red Planet at the foot of Sharp. Long ago, Mars had no luck: after a collision with a large asteroid Red Planet lost magnetic field, atmosphere and potential residents. Therefore, unlikely to meet today will run Curiosity rover Martians. This is the latest panorama received from Mars August 31, 2012. It can be seen all the way, who did the rover Curiosity for 21 Martian days. While this is only 21 meters. Incidentally, the Martian mean solar day is called Sol and it is 39 minutes longer than Earth days. One can say that the famous question - "Is there life on Mars?" - Not quite accurate. It will be correct to ask: "What was it?"