First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars_Featured_, Space Monday, August 6th, 2012
(Wired) These are the first images taken by NASA’s rover Curiosity after landing in Gale Crater on Mars, shot with the rover’s Hazcam cameras. The image on the left shows one of the rover’s wheels. When it first showed up on the screen in JPL’s mission control, someone could be heard shouting “It’s the wheel, it’s the wheel!” The image on the right shows rocks, dust, and the rover’s shadow on the surface of Mars.
Shortly after these images were sent to Earth, the rover’s signal was blocked by Gale Crater’s central peak, known as Mt. Sharp. We’ll bring you more images from Curiosity as they become available.