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Meanwhile, on Mars

In this handout image provided by NASA and released on August 9, 2012, a color image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows the pebble-covered surface of Mars. This is a portion of the first color 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover, made up of thumbnails, which are small copies of higher-resolution images. The mission's destination, a mountain at the center of Gale Crater called Mount Sharp, can be seen in the distance, to the left, beginning to rise up. The mountain's summit will be imaged later. Blast marks from the rover's descent stage are in the foreground.
Photo: NASA

It’s the first color photo from Curiosity (or at least part of it — the whole thing is really wide)! According to NASA, this image is “only one-eighth the potential resolution of images from this camera.” But for now, it’s just good to see they remembered to remove the lens cap.