Curiosity sends more images of Mars

By MSN UK News Nasa/JPL-Caltech
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The base of Mount Sharp

This image is from a series that were taken to calibrate the 34-millimetre Mast Camera on the Curiosity rover and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site at the base of Mount Sharp. The 34mm Mastcam takes images with lower resolution, but a much wider field of view than the 100mm Mastcam.

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A close-up of Mount Sharp

This image is similar to the previous one, but was taken using to 100-mm Mast Camera. This camera has three times better resolution than Curiosity's 34-mm Mastcam, though it has a narrower field of view.

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Landing site

This colour panorama shows a view of Curiosity's landing site, including the highest part of Mount Sharp visible to the rover. That part of Mount Sharp is approximately 12 miles away from the rover.

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Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp

Mount Sharp is the ultimate destination for Curiosity, where the rover will conduct the science experiments to determine whether Mars was ever capable of supporting life.

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Details of Mount Sharp

This image taken by the MastCam highlights the interesting geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed. Prior to the rover's landing on Mars, observations from orbiting satellites indicated that the lower reaches of Mount Sharp, below the line of white dots, are composed of relatively flat-lying strata that bear hydrated minerals.

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The view from below

Curiosity has a number of cameras underneath the rover, which have been designed to help avoid any hazards. This image is a composite of photographs taken by these cameras and shows Mount Sharp in the background.

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Track marks on Mars

After some test drives last week Curiosity moved to check the area where it landed. This photograph, from the rover's navigation camera, shows the track mark from this second drive.

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After the laser shots

One of Curiosity's experiments will involve shooting lasers at rocks and here we see a before and after shot. These rocks were exposed during Curiosity's descent and the rover then shot the area with a laser 50 times to get readings on the rocks.

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More tracks on the red planet

This image taken by a front hazard-avoidance camera shows track marks from the rover's first Martian drives. In the distance are the rover's landing site and its first tyre marks, while tracks from the second drive are in the foreground.