Mars rover sends back 1st 360-degree colour view
PASADENA, California (AP) - The photo-snapping rover Curiosity returned another postcard from Mars on Thursday - the first 360-degree colour panorama of Gale Crater.
Scientists admired the sweeping vista. In the distance was the base of Mount Sharp, a 5km high mountain rising from the crater floor, where the six-wheel rover planned to go.
"It's very exciting to think about getting there, but it is quite a ways away," said mission scientist Dawn Sumner of the University of California, Davis.
Though it's the sharpest view yet of the landing site, the panorama was stitched together from thumbnails while scientists waited for better quality pictures to be downloaded.