Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.
On it's trip to the "Glenelg" area the Curiosity recently came accross this interesting pyramid shaped rock that's about 25 centimeters tall and 40 centimeters wide. The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)