Mars

Curious About Better Mars Rover Pics?

HD images give gritty look at surface.

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Enough of these dusty and low-quality Mars images. Here's the first high-resolution image from the Curiosity rover's Navigation Cameras (NavCams), showing a flat Martian landscape with the looming rim of Gale crater in the distance.

Earlier today on Mars, the rover lifted its "head" — a seven-foot-tall mast with its powerful MastCams and laser-shooting ChemCam on top. This structure also contains the NavCams, which are used mainly to plan Curiosity's drives over the Martian soil. These cameras are capable of shooting 1-megapixel photos of the surface.