If you were like us and stayed up late to watch Curiosity land on Mars Sunday night, you were probably waiting to see what its first full day (or Sol 1) brought. Well, the first day was a little uneventful until yesterday evening when they raised the high-gain antenna on the rover, and with it came some new images from the over including a series of images of its descent that NASA was able to assemble into a video, which is embedded below.
The only major thing that JPL did with the rover today was perform a five-hour examination of the radiation detector on board to see what the rover was bombarded with in its eight month trip to Mars. This is important as such readings could give NASA information to go on when planning the manned mission to the planet.
Today, it sounds like they’ll be raising the mast on the rover and when that happens we should get some really nice high-definition panoramic shots of the Gale Crater. As the rover is being operated out of JPL here in California, a lot of the stuff happens in the afternoon/evening Pacific time, so we’ll be keeping an eye on Curiosity’s early days and updating each morning on it. Here’s the video of the landing: