Curiosity Sends Back Photos

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The Curiosity Mars rover is safely landed on the floor of Gale Crater on mars and has already begun transmitting pictures back to scientists on Earth. Grainy black-and-white photos show landscape of the red planet and soon, after the main camera is set up, high-resolution color photos will begin being sent back. "To me, it's representative of a successful landing on Mars, it's representative of a new home for the rover, it's representative of a new Mars that we've never seen before," says mission manager Mike Watkins. "And so every one of those pictures is the most beautiful picture I've ever seen." The two-year, $2.5 billion project's goal is to seek out signs of whether life on Mars was ever possible.