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Curiosity Update: More Photos, Links, and Resources

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Now that NASA's Curiosity rover is safely on Mars, more information has become available about this amazing space exploration mission. We've compiled some of these new resources below to use in teaching the wonders of astronomy, space exploration, and engineering.

Not sure what the heat shield was for or how that nifty sky crane worked during Curiosity's landing? Look no further than this awesome animation from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that details the mechanics of the rover's landing. For this animation in infographic form, check out this illustrated poster of the rover landing. And if you'd like to watch something a little more dramatic, here's a video showing footage from mission control at JPL during the landing alongside an animation of what the landing might have looked like on Mars.

Curiosity has also started taking high-resolution color images of its surroundings, like this one of the Gale Crater. NASA has also stitched a series of these images together to create an amazing 360-degree panorama of the rover's surroundings, which you can see here.

Finally, don't miss the Mars for Educators and Mars for Students pages on the JPL website! There are lots of great resources, activities, and lesson plans straight from NASA itself.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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