NASA's Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars on August 5 and has been sending back high-resolution photos of the Red Planet for the last few weeks. I've compiled some of Curiosity's best shots so far, including this one, taken shortly after landing through a fish-eye lens on the rover's front hazard-avoidance cameras.
This composite image shows the results of the first laser shot on Mars. The background is a NavCam image, while the circular inset is a ChemCam image and the square magnifies the laser investigation into a martian rock.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRAP
This image and magnified inset show a top layer of rock that was revealed by engine blasts dispersing Martian dirt.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The first color image from Mars taken by Curiosity is murky because the dust cover on the lens at the end of the rover's robotic arm was apparently coated with dust during descent. The dust cover remained in place for several days after landing.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
A view of the lower levels of Mount Sharp, a Martian mountain taller than California's Mt. Whitney. Curiosity will trek to the base of the peak to study the area.