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1st Photos of Mars by Curiosity Rover (Gallery)

Mars Rover Curiosity's 3-D Rear View

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image is a 3-D view behind NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The anaglyph was made from a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the rear of the rover and released Aug. 7.

Sky Crane's Final Resting Place

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image shows the crash site of the Mars rover Curiosity's sky crane, the rocket-powered backpack that lowered Curiosity down to the Martian surface on Aug. 5 PDT, 2012. Image released Aug. 7.

Curiosity's Backshell and Parachute Seen by MRO

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The parachute and backshell of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are seen in this photo from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter released on Aug. 7, 2012. Curiosity landed on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT.

Mars Rover Curiosity's 1st Color Photo - Gale Crater Rim

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

This photo taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater. The image is the first color photo snapped by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the afternoon of the first day after landing. NASA released the image on Aug. 7, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity's Descent Imager Sees Heat Shield Separation

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its 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.

Mars Rover Curiosity Photographs Mount Sharp

NASA

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity snapped this picture of Mount Sharp with its front Hazard Avoidance camera, or Hazcam. The photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity's Rear Hazcam Photo

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear-left Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, was released on Aug. 6, 2012.The image was originally taken through the "fisheye" wide-angle lens, but has been "linearized" so that the horizon looks flat rather than curved. Part of the rim of Gale Crater can be seen from the top-middle to the top-right of the image, and one of the rover's wheels is pictured at the bottom right.

Mars Rover Photographs Mars Surface Dust Swirls

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image from Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager illustrates the roughly circular swirls of dust kicked up from the Martian surface by the rocket motor exhaust. At this point, Curiosity is about 70 feet (20 meters) above the surface. This dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above. Curiosity landed on Mars on the night of Aug. 5, and this photo was released by NASA on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mars Rover Curiosity Landing From Orbit 2

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.

Mars Rover Curiosity Landing From Orbit

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spotted descending to the Martian surface under its parachute in this amazing photo by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Aug. 5 PDT, 2012.

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