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August 6, 2012

New Images Show Mars Rover Curiosity’s New Home in Gale Crater, and Its Mountain Destination

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PASADENA, Calif. — This is the latest view from NASA’s Mars rover Curioisty, which landed pointing toward its target, Mt. Sharp, a huge peak at the heart of Gale Crater. What a view!

NASA downloaded lots more data from the rover overnight and is preparing for it to awaken on Mars. As of 4:30 p.m. Pacific time Monday, it was about 9 in the morning at the rover’s new home on Mars.

The Mars Descent Imager on Curiosity’s undercarriage also took a video of the rover’s nailbiting descent and landing. Stay tuned for further images.

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