Scientist: Mars Landscape ‘Earth-Like’

The Curiosity rover took pictures from beyond the Gale Crater for the first time since landing on Sunday night. The images it sent back from looking toward the northern Horizon looked very similar to another planet. “The first impression that you get is how Earth-like this seems looking at that landscape,” a scientist at the California Institute of Technology said. Curiosity has sent back a slew of images since landing. There was concern that the swirl of dust caused by the landing thrusters had made rovers too dusty, but Justin Maki of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory disputed that. “We do see a thin coating of dust, but nothing too bad.”