(CNSNews.com) - As NASA's Curiosity roving laboratory was descending via parachute toward a very complicated landing on Mars on Sunday, it was captured in a photograph by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment--AKA HiRISE--which rides on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was originally launched by the United States on Aug. 12, 2005. It arrived near Mars and went into orbit around that planet in March 2006.
The primary mission of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is to study the history of water on Mars.
But, late yesterday Pacific Daylight Time, it recorded a remarkable moment in the history of U.S. exploration of space as America's Curiosity approached its landing site on the surface of Mars.
Once Curiosity had safely landed on Mars, it began taking photographs of its own and transmitting them back to the United States of America.