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August 6, 2012

Mars Rover Curiosity Sends First High-Resolution Photo

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NASA has just released the best-looking photo (above) we have of the Gale Crater, the piece of the Red Planet where Mars rover Curiosity landed last night. The photo shows the rim of the crater on the horizon and a gravel field in the foreground, as seen through a fisheye lens, a part of the many cameras Curiosity has on board.

Even though this image is twice the size of the first sent out by the rover, we’ll be seeing plenty of amazing images (with more pixels) soon. What you see here was taken with one of Curiosity’s lower resolution hazard avoidance cameras; the higher resolution, full-color images will be beamed back in the coming days.

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