Deep in Mars' Gale Crater, the car-sized Curiosity rover beamed back its first set of high-quality panoramic images from the surface of the Red Planet. NASA scientists describe the Martian surface, as captured in the shots, as surprisingly "Earth-like," with a striking similarity to the Mojave Desert in California. While the rover has already transmitted back low-quality photos snapped from smaller cameras, this marks the first time it has raised its mast, which is packed with high-resolution navigation gear.
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