Pictures from Our Robot on Mars

Check out the earliest pictures of Mars from the Curiosity rover. Well done, humanity.

Curiosity, NASA's $2.5 billion Mars rover, landed on the Red Planet at about 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time last night after an 8-month, 352 million-mile journey and successful landing at the Gale Crater. Within minutes, it started beaming images back to Earth via orbiting satellites. Here are a few of the earliest shots. Curiosity's (excellent) Twitter feed informs us that we'll be getting higher resolution, color images later this week. For now, just marvel at the fact that you're looking at pictures taken by a robot we put on a planet more than 141 million miles from our sun. This is truly one of the most interesting things humanity's up to right now.

There's regularly updated video (and live broadcasts) about the mission from NASA on Ustream. Oh, and the Gale Crater has its own anthropomorphized Twitter account as well.