NASA: Five new photos of Mars from Curiosity rover

Curiosity landed in Gale Crater near the base of Mount Sharp, a huge mound of layered rocks towering more than three miles above the crater floor. If all goes well, Curiosity will attempt to climb the lower sections of the mountain during the course of its two-year-mission. NASA

(CBS News) NASA released five new photos of Mars Tuesday, taken from the Curiosity rover.

Some of the stunning color photos show exactly where the Curiosity landed on Mars in the northern region of the planet.

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The color-enhanced photos were taken with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing new details of Mars' terrain like never before.

New photos of Mars were released following a press conference to report the status of the Curiosity, just over a week after landing on the red planet on Aug. 5.

The space agency reported that a four-day software update replaced software that was installed on the Curiosity before its flight from Earth to Mars. The original software gave the rover the navigational capabilities it needed for the journey to Mars, but not enough to carry out scientific work NASA has planned for Curiosity.

This color-enhanced photo shows the terrain of Mars in the Gale Crater, near where the Curiosity rover landed.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Ashwin Vasavada, senior scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the Curiosity will also be taking its first full 24-hour weather readings this week. Mars enthusiast can also expect to see more panorama images of Mount Sharp in the coming days.

The Curiosity Mars rover shows up in this false-color photo taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as a shiny blue dot on the floor of Gale Crater. The blast pattern of the rover's sky crane descent engines can be seen to either side.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

More photos of Mars from the Curiosity rover below.

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