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Mars rover sends first panorama

2012-08-10 07:19:39 GMT2012-08-10 15:19:39(Beijing Time)

This cut-out from a color panorama image taken August 8, 2012 by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars and released August 9, shows the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. It comes from the left side of the thumbnail panorama obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera. (REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Handout)

This image provided by NASA Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, shows the first 360-degree color panorama taken on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was stitched together using thumbnail images taken by the rover's mast camera. Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Mars on August 5, 2012 to begin a two-year mission. (AP Photo/NASA)

This is a portion of the first color 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover in Mars ,released by NASA August 9, 2012, made up of thumbnails, which are small copies of higher-resolution images.

A 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, is seen in this image released by NASA August 7, 2012. (REUTERS/ NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout)

View of the Martian surface made up of two images from the navigation cameras on the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover in Mars is seen in this handout image released by NASA on August 8, 2012.

The Curiosity rover which landed in the Martian Gale crater on Monday has transmitted back to earth the first color panorama of the surrounding area.

"We had a really fantastic day on Mars. All systems are functioning normally, and in accordance with the plan, just as our team is," said Curiosity mission systems manager Michael Watkins of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

According to him, planned for the fifth Martian day is a replacement of the software. Watkins explained that the "landing" version of the software will be replaced with a "Martian" one, optimized for working on the surface of the planet.



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