NASA will attempt to photograph the Curiosity landing. From an entirely different spacecraft
As of this posting, we are just 2 days, 12 hours, and thirty minutes away from the Curiosity rover making touchdown on Mars. We’re excited. NASA’s excited. Even Angry Birds is excited.
And really, why shouldn’t they be? Curiosity is the most scientifically impressive rover ever built. Its arrival on Mars is hands down the craziest planetary landing ever attempted in the history of space exploration. With all the milestones NASA is planning on crushing with the landing of Curiosity, isn’t anyone the least bit interested in capturing some third-person footage of the rover’s arrival — a nice, big photograph of the spacecraft soaring through the Martian sky, on its way to the northwest basin of Gale crater? Why yes, someone is. And they’ll be using an entirely different spacecraft, already in orbit around Mars, to do it.