10 Aug 2012

Curiosity sends back first colour pics

9:29 pm on 10 August 2012

Four days after touching down on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has sent full-colour panoramic photos of the red planet back to Earth.

The vehicle's sophisticated cameras are set like two large eyes on an extended remote sensing mast and are providing scientists with rare views of the Gale Crater.

The rover earlier sent black-and-white photos showing a vast sediment-covered plain, with low mountains in the distance.

Scientists used the latest photographs to compile a 360 degree view of the area, which includes a self-portrait of the rover.