Curiosity's Gale Crater panoramic vistas (pictures)

NASA releases 360-degree panoramas of Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site on Mars.

With the masthead fully extended and the Curiosity rover's systems coming to life on the surface of Mars, NASA is beginning to return stunning views of the Red Planet, and today the agency released two stunning 360-degree panoramas from inside the Gale Crater.

Click the images to see the full-size panoramas from the surface of Mars. (And when you're done viewing a full-size version, scroll to the bottom right corner of the image to close it.)

 

Panorama from Curiosity inside the Gale Crater on Mars. Click to enlarge (when done viewing, scroll to the bottom right corner of the image to close it). NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Panorama from inside the Gale Crater on Mars.

You can see the full-resolution version of the above panorama here.

 

Panorama from Curiosity inside the Gale Crater on Mars. Click to enlarge (when done viewing, scroll to the bottom right corner of the image to close it). NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

 

Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color
This 360-degree panorama of the Gale Crater landing site is the first full-color wide-view image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. Click to enlarge (when done viewing, scroll to the bottom right corner of the image to close it). NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

You can see the full-resolution version of the above panorama here.

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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