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NASA's Curiosity beams back first color images of Mars
 
While the planet's ice proves there was once water on Mars, new soil samples reveal the red planet has been experiencing a super drought.
While the planet's ice proves there was once water on Mars, new soil samples reveal the red planet has been experiencing a super drought.
NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team

Early Tuesday, NASA's Curiosity rover beamed back the first color images of Mars' surface. More than 297 low-resolution color images taken from the inside the Red Planet's Gale Crater reveal a sand-colored Martian landscape. The images are fuzzy because a dust-cover on the rover's camera was, true to its name, covered with dust. NASA scientists plan to take more images with the dust-cover raised. "As dramatic as [these photos] are, there is real other-world importance to obtaining them," NASA said in a press release. "These images will help the mission scientists interpret the rover's surroundings," and provide the roadmap for future rover drives across the desert planet's terrain.

 

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