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Curiosity's first high-res, color, panoramic images from Mars! (photos)

Curiosity is now sending back crisp images of Mars -- some in color, panoramic or close-ups of Martian soil. Also see before and after photos of its landing site.

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Topic: Innovation
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An orbiter around Mars show a before-and-after comparison of the area where Curiosity landed on August 6 (EDT). This first image was taken on Aug. 1. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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This is the "after" image -- taken August 7. It shows the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image (west of the dune field). (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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This before image of Curiosity's landing site was taken on Aug. 1 by a Mars orbiter. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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This after image, taken by a Mars orbiter on August 7, show the effects of weights from Curiosity’s entry vehicle hitting the surface of Mars. Arrows show the locations of the impacts. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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This set of images compares a black-and-white image a Mars Orbiter to a color image obtained by the Mars Descent Imager on Curiosity as it descended to the surface. The color image was taken at an altitude of about 560 feet about 44 seconds before touchdown. The white box is the size of the rover and is placed at a location obtained from data. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Univ. of Arizona)

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