Scientists: Mars Landing Spot Looks a Lot Like Earth

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August 9, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!

Scientists think the spot on the Martian equator where the Curiosity rover landed looks familiar, comparing the landscape to California’s Mojave Desert.

Curiosity rover sent its first shots back to Earth Wednesday since landing in Gale Crater, including a black and white self portrait and a panorama, the AP reports.

“The first impression that you get is how Earth-like this seems looking at that landscape,” chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology said.

Curiosity has so far sent back low-resolution pictures and a low-quality video showing the final two and a half minutes of its descent. The rover is expected to send back a 360-degree color view…
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