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Mars Rover Sends Back 360-Degree Color View

The Curiosity rover has returned another postcard from Mars — the first 360-degree color view from Gale Crater.

360-degree image from Mars rover (NASA)

Since landing Sunday night, NASA’s six-wheel rover has been sending home a trickle of pictures, beginning with grainy, black-and-white photos. It also beamed back a low-quality video showing the last few minutes of its descent to the surface.

It recently raised its mast containing high-resolution and navigation cameras that have given scientists a better view of the landing site.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to study whether Gale ever had conditions favorable for microbial life.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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