Curiosity: First color photo and images of landing zone
This is Curiosity’s first color photo, overlayed on a computer simulation derived from images from orbiting spacecraft. The view looks north to the wall and rim of Gale Crater. The camera is mounted in a turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm and unlike cameras on earlier Mars rovers, can be focused on distant or close objects. It has a protective dust cover that can be opened and closed as needed. More information about this picture is available on the NASA website.
During a news briefing this morning, NASA showed this photograph of Curiosity’s landing zone and the locations of the mission’s various components:
NASA has also released this photo from Curiosity on the Martian surface. It was shot after the camera’s protective dust cover (still in place in an earlier photo ) was popped off. The spring that popped the cover off is visible in the lower right corner.