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Curiosity rover brings Mars to life

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Part of the Mars panorama released by NASA that combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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The level of detail apparent in the image shows that haziness in earlier MAHLI images since landing was due to dust that had settled on the dust cover during the landing.

While the rover has yet to discover water (or aliens), according to the Guardian, previous missions to Mars have shown that there's evidence of water flowing over Mars' surface. Curiosity was sent to Mars to search for organic materials and other chemical necessities that may indicate life on the red planet could be possible.  

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    This photograph taken by Curiosity, is the clearest photograph of Mars ever taken.

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    Telecom engineer Peter Ilott hugs a colleague, celebrating a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on August 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

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    NASA's Curiosity rover, formally known as the Mars Science Laboratory, Mars Science Laboratory heads for space on November 26, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rover's landing will be broadcast in Times Square on August 5/6, 2012.

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    After a rocket-powered descent stage, also known as the sky crane, delivered NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), 2012, it flew away and fell to the surface.

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    Part of the Mars panorama released by NASA that combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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    NASA

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    This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).

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    Echus Chasma, one of the largest water source regions on Mars. Bas Lansdorp envisions a manned mission to the Red Planet by 2023.

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    Mars rover Curiosity sent the first color photos back to Earth today. The images were criticized for being grainy but NASA said the camera has not been used to its full capability yet.

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    This scene shows the surroundings of the location where NASA Mars rover Curiosity arrived on the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012). It is a mosaic of images taken by Curiosity's Navigation Camera (Navcam) following the Sol 29 drive of 100 feet (30.5 meters).

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