Michael Malin, principal investigator, Mars Descent Imager on MSL, Malin Space Science Systems looks at a data set of the the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken ... more 
Michael Malin, principal investigator, Mars Descent Imager on MSL, Malin Space Science Systems looks at a data set of the the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, as it is processed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., early morning Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The images were taken late Aug. 8 PDT (Aug. 9 EDT) by the 34-millimeter Mast Camera. This panorama mosaic was made of 130 images of 144 by 144 pixels each. Selected full frames from this panorama, which are 1,200 by 1,200 pixels each, are expected to be transmitted to Earth later. The images in this panorama were brightened in the processing. Mars only receives half the sunlight Earth does and this image was taken in the late Martian afternoon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Damian Dovarganes
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 2:24 PM EDT