EPA 2012-08-10 08:48:43 Mars Curiosity
A handout photo provided by US Space Agency NASA on 09 August 2012 shows Mount Sharp on the Horizon. This is a portion of the first color 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover, made up of thumbnails, which are small copies of higher-resolution images. The mission's destination, a mountain at the center of Gale Crater called Mount Sharp, can be seen in the distance, to the left, beginning to rise up.
This is part of a 360 degrees panorama made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera. Scientists will be taking a closer look at several splotches in the foreground that appear gray. These areas show the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. What appeared as a dark strip of dunes in previous, black-and-white pictures from EPA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY