It’s Curiosity’s third day on the Gale Crater on Mars, and all systems are running as expected. There is no sign of sailors fighting in the dance hall, cavemen or any freaky show. and here’s the first natural 360-degree colour panorama image to prove it.
It’s a clear day on Mars. You can see Mount Sharp ahead of the rover in the distance. That’s the mission final destination — the centre of the Galer Crater. It shows some details from the rover itself:
These is the end of the robotic arm. It’s like a Swiss Army Knife, containing multiple instruments like the APXS (Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer) and MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager).
Here’s the wheel of the rover.
The marks of the sky crane’s thrusters are clearly visible here.
And here too.
Here’s the complete panorama — 3653×755 pixels. Click to expand and see the whole thing: