Curiosity Sends Back Flood of New Views From Mars

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA has received a flood of new black-and-white pictures from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama.

The photos began pouring in Wednesday morning after the nuclear-powered rover raised its mast that's equipped with the cameras.

The raw images reveal portions of the rover's instrument deck, its shadow on the ground and the Martian horizon.

[PHOTOS: NASA's Curiosity Lands On Mars.]

Since touching down inside Gale Crater Sunday night, Curiosity has beamed home a steady stream of images, including the first color view from the landing site.

Better views are expected over the next several days, including a color panorama.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to examine whether the ancient Martian environment ever had conditions favorable for microbial life.

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