Yes, Curiosity has landed! And like we’ve reported earlier, right after the rover landed on the martian surface, it beamed back its first images to Earth to confirm the successful touchdown. The images took 14 minutes to reach scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where the whole Mars rover operation is being coordinated.
The first one is a black-and-white, 512 by 512 pixel image, taken by Curiosity’s rear-left Hazcam.
HazCams’ wide-angle “fisheye” lens, appeared grainy and dark due to a circle of dust specks, kicked up from Curiosity’s dramatic landing, on the cameras’ clear protective covers.