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About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater, on August 6, 2012. Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, received the image, taken by one of the vehicle's lower-fidelity, black-and-white Hazard Avoidance Cameras – or Hazcams.
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Activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi, center, wipes tears away inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility after the successful landing.
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Brian Schratz hugs a colleague as he celebrates a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif..
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Spectators in New York's Times Square react as they watch the announcement of the Mars science rover Curiosity's successfully landing on the planet Mars, in New York on August 6, 2012.
Earlier, low-resolution images from the Curiosity rover.
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