MARS: View from Curiosity via 100mm MAST Camera on 8/12/12. The gravelly area around Curiosity's landing site is visible in the foreground. Then, about a third of the way up from the bottom of the image, the terrain falls off into a depression (a swale), beyond which, in the middle of the image, is the boulder-strewn, red-brown rim of a moderately-sized impact crater. In the distance, there are dark dunes and then the layered rock at the base of Mount Sharp 16.2km away. #Curiosity #NASA
This is the full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT).
The Heights of Mount Sharp. With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover. Mount Sharp's peak is obscured from the rover's landing site by this highest visible point.