What Mars looks like from Curiosity rover in HiDef!


This image is from a series of test images to calibrate the 34-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012 and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site. image credit/NASA/JPL

So this is what Mars looks like from the 100mm camera perched on top of the Curiosity rover looking over the landscape towards where it is hoping to head towards.

The image looks bright because it has been coloured enhanced to make the lighting similar to whay rocks would appear on Earth. This makes in easier to identify rocks that might be similar to rocks on earth. 

JPL/NASA explains the details of the image further

Farther away, about a third of the way up from the bottom of the image, the terrain falls off into a depression (a swale). Beyond the swale, in the middle of the image, is the boulder-strewn, red-brown rim of a moderately-sized impact crater. Father off in the distance, there are dark dunes and then the layered rock at the base of Mount Sharp. Some haze obscures the view, but the top ridge, depicted in this image, is 16.2 kilometres away.