artist's concept the moment immediately after NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface in Gale Crater Mars

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artist's concept the moment immediately after NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface in Gale Crater Mars
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Image ID: CW0X7Y
This artist's concept depicts the moment immediately after NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface in Gale crater. In the depicted scene, Curiosity has touched down onto the surface. The spacecraft has detected the touchdown, and pyrotechnic cutters have severed the connections between the rover and the spacecraft's descent stage. The rocket-powered descent stage will fly away, coming to the surface a safe distance away, its work completed.