The photo shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater in the distance.
The Mars rover Curiosity, also known as the Science Laboratory, will launch in late 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
Curiosity pulled off a nerve-wracking, unprecedented landing that saw it lowered to the Martian surface on cables.
Actors such as Morgan Freeman and Seth Green will be on hand to watch Curiosity's ambitious landing attempt.
The first photos from the Curiosity rover are expected to be sent back just hours after its landing.