NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on Mars for a little over a day now and it’s already beaming back a bunch of incredible images.
The first color image, shown below, was taken on the afternoon of the first day after landing. It was snapped by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) located on the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. The arm isn’t fully deployed yet, so it takes pictures at a bit of tilt. The picture has been rotated to correct that tilt. This camera is designed to take very close, high-resolution images of rocks and soil on the Martian surface.
Looking north, the image shows the wall and rim of Gale Crater (where the rover landed) in the distance. The crater is about the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.
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