As the rover descends from orbit toward the Martian surface, finding a safe and secure landing site free of boulders, cliffs, and other dangerous terrain is crucial.
Several kilometers above the surface, the Mars Descent Imager will begin producing a five-frames-per-second video stream of high-resolution, overhead views of the landing site, providing a safe positioning in the final minutes, as well as giving the team a detailed picture of the geologic conditions surrounding the landing site.
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August 20, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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