Mars Rover says: 'Good Evening Gale Crater!': Big Pics
This front hazcam view shows Mount Sharp looming in front of Curiosity.NASA/JPL-Caltech
Aug 6, 2012 — NASA's Curiosity Mars rover sent back its first high-resolution pictures from its new home inside Gale Crater, offering a stunning view of the towering Mount Sharp. The three-mile-high mound — taller than any mountain in the continental United States — is Curiosity's ultimate destination, a site that scientists believe may harbor evidence of habitats that could support life.
This is the view from the rear hazcam of Curiosity. The rim of Gale cater can be seen in the distance.NASA/JPL-Caltech
The dark areas at the base of the mountain are sand dunes. Curiosity touched down at 1:32 am EDT Monday in the northern part of Gale Crater about 4 miles from Mount Sharp. "It's pretty spectacular," said deputy project scientist Joy Crisp.