This is the first "true-color" shot from the Curiosity rover beamed back to earth from the surface of the red planet some 352-million miles away. The ridge in the background is the north wall of the Gale Crater, or, as at least one blogger suspects, a Hollywood backlot recreation of it. Unfortunately, apparently even a $2.6-billion budget can't build a robot that can hold a camera straight. I bet it shoots all its iPhone videos in portrait mode too. God, even WALL-E knows better than that and one time he took a picture of his own eyeball trying to get a shot of EVE.
Hit the jump for a higher-res black and white shot taken earlier and a time-lapse video of Curiosity's decent to the planet.
Thanks to everyone who sent these, if I had to pick a team to explore the red planet you'd all definitely be included. Me? I'd stay here on earth screaming, "OMG, ALIENS!" into my communicator just to keep you on your toes.