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August 8th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Mars rover begins beaming data and images back to Earth

The Mars rover Curiosity is busy explore the Gale Crater and sending back incredible images from the red planet this morning.

NASA released the first color photo of Mars' surface and video of the landing yesterday, and over the next few days we'll see ever more high-res images of the planet.

Scientists expect it will take months for Curiosity to reach a mountain at the center of the crater. It's the primary target of the two-year science mission because it could give valuable insight into whether Mars can sustain life.

American Museum of National History curator Denton Ebel sits down with Brooke and John on Starting Point this morning to explain what scientific information he's looking forward to coming out of the mission.

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