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.
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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.
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-- By Irene Klotz