The First Images From The Mars Curiosity Rover

The Mars Curiosity Rover has landed successfully! And here are the first images, from the hazard cameras that will help it navigate through the surface of Mars. This is a phenomenal achievement.

The image shows the shadow of the rover, securely positioned on the surface of the red planet. It seems like a boring image, but it's extremely important. It means that everything is OK, that the rover is on firm ground and ready to start moving when Mission Control gives the order. It's also the pinnacle of the landing, perhaps the most amazing achievement in planetary exploration after the Apollo missions.

More images are expected in coming days. The first horizon image should be coming any time now. The first high definition panorama, however, is a week away. Both should be amazing, showing a gigantic mountain: Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp.

Update: Here's the third image. The dust has cleared and you can see what could be the rim of the Gale crater in the horizon.

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    Actually, that's the second image (from the front) the first was the rear image where you can see the wheel.
    Regardless great job NASA!

    No that wasn't it was the second. That pic was taken form the back camera and the first was of the sun and a wheel of the rover.

      Chris is right, the first one showed a wheel in very low quality, the second one was shown in 256x256 quality, then this one was shown!

        the first was at 64 x 64

          ITT: Aspergers

    ...will all the images be in 1990's digital camera resolution?
    can't they send up HD quality these days geeez! jk :)?
    Does anyone know how long it takes for an image to be received.... like what's the delay time?

      from my quick research the other day its 8kb/s with about 14 min delay (i might be wrong)

    Surely they could have attached a GoPro 2?

      And used mars wifi!

    Mars is absolutely crawling with aliens and they will be pretty pissed off about this intrusion. They have Curiosity dismantled in a jiffy!

    The tech on Curiosity is a couple of years old, I think construction started in 2008. The initial images are from the low res hazard camera's, the good stuff will come back in a few days when the high def camera boom is raised. Also, you need to appreciate the difficulty in sending back data from millions of miles away using limited power, the transmission rates are only a couple of hundred bits per second.

      It's like dial-up, or mobile internet in Perth.

      The thing is nuclear, how much power does it need? :)

    They do realise we're half way through 2012 right? So whats with the low res black and white images? FFS. The 60's called, they want their pictures back.

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