Curiosity Sends First Color Photo

    Michael Watkins, MSl mission manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), left, Ken Edgett, Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) principal investigator, Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, center, and Sarah Milkovich, HiRise investigation scientist, JPL, smile as an overview image shows the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, left, where Curiosity and its supporting hardware landed on the Martian surface,  during a news briefing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    NASA’s new rover Curiosity just landed on Mars Sunday night, and it’s already behaving like quite the tourist. The rover, which is on the Red Planet searching for evidence that Mars once harbored or could in the future harbor microbial life, snapped its first color image of its surroundings Tuesday, revealing the north wall and rim of Gale Crater. The success of the picture proved that key instruments were in good working order following the rover’s dramatic descent to the planet’s surface Sunday.

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