Early monday morning, while much of the east coast was asleep, NASA landed the most technologically advanced mars rover ever, the Curiosity, on the surface of the Red Planet.
And ever since, we've been treated to photos and videos from the rover's descent, as well as its landing spot - inside the Gale Crater. At first, the images came in with low resolution, and in black and white. Eventually, we got out first high-res shot of the Martian surface. NASA promised that the Curiosity rover would start sending back bigger, color photos as soon as the rover got its front cameras up and running.
Soon, we saw the first color photo from Curiosity - showing the red, dust-strewn surface of Mars with a view of the rim of the Gale Crater in the distance. It was taken using the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), the camera located on the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.
Now, Curiosity has beamed back our first 3D images from both the front and the back of rover.
"This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The anaglyph was made from a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the front of the rover. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp, a peak that is about 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) high, is still visible rising above the terrain," says NASA.
And from the rear...
"Part of the rim of Gale Crater, which is a feature the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined, stretches from the top middle to the top right of the image. One of the rover's wheels can be seen at bottom right. The bright spot is saturation from the sun," says NASA.
Like all you space nerds out there, we'll be waiting anxiously for more images to arrive from the surface of Mars.