Raw image links for MSL/Curiosity mission

The raw images page link for the rover Curiosity (MSL).

The Curiosity rover cameras in a large graphic.

Initial images are being returned from Mars by MSL/Curiosity now. The images were sent almost immediately after touch down, and the wait for posting on the 'RAW' images site page linked above is underway.
A safe and completely successful mission to Mars.


We can find the images on Google search, on Wikipedia, and on all major news networks, but alas, the site page for NASA Curiosity images is a blank.
The Google images show a notice of being available for nearly an hour after touchdown by this timing point.

Possibly in a day or two the initial passed around images will be posted for those with the 'correct' linked page.
No explanation for the delays either. This was a problem with the MER mission as well.

The initial Curiosity image released, in altered form here side by side with the smaller original.
I wanted get a start in recognizing the actual limits of even first blurred and dusty images as carrying much more information than appears present at first glance.
On the enlarged and altered image on the left, the smaller box at far left shows a rover wheel section with repeat wheel track pattern. Below the wheel are the first thin platy sheets of Mars landscape broken into small section in angular shapes. The gravel sized rock also appears somewhat angular and of similar tones.
Not unexpected results thus far.
Apparently the multiple dark line running along the upper portion of the image is a product of the rover possibly. Seems angled in the 'fish-eye' lens perpendicular to the camera direction.
Is anyone able to explain the dark line as a undercarriage or suspended object?
The larger image is two times the size of the original, with better resolution of edges and detail.
Will these cameras give us an 'HD' upgrade from the MER cameras?


Enjoy our years of new science as is it written.

Life on Earth is improving as Curiosity sends better resolution initial images during sol 0
The dust cover is removed leaving the left rear Hazard Avoidance camera lens fairly clean. The page link to the image, not as yet included on the 'official' image site page linked in my first replies.


Remaining images from the 'multimedia pages, also not correctly linked to the 'official' raw image page.


It appears that the wheels on the rover have been rotated on the ground somewhat, as judged from the tiny 64x64 pixel thumbnail found at the last place on the 'raw' image page. Tests are apparently underway for mobile operations.

A first HiRISE image of the descent of MSL/Curiosity, released the following morning a few hours after the landing.
When will we find the instruments onboard from MRO/HiRISE imaging?




Impressive color images show the rover body and parts well, the rocks and surface features as yet slightly blurred or low in resolution. Color balance seems 'off' slightly to Earth based expectations.
Appreciate your addition, MothMan. They may be adjusting the cameras during the initial landing week, while checking the equipment for travel worthiness.
I made a few wrong assumptions in several topic on the blog in just a couple days. The light toned angular rocks were not thin and layered, but simply buried to the upper surfaces and without shadows. The 'pyro' shape I tentatively identified in these better color higher resolution images appears to be a natural rock on Mars and not a device from the rover landing. That is a curious similarity to devices I have seen on mission web pages described as 'pyro' type objects. My apology to any offended by extended judgements from the small 256X256 pixel thumbnail grey-scales.

In my self-correction of reply #7, I omitted details of reply #3 such as mention of the dark lines passing across the upper portion of the initial thumbnail images suggested as possibly rover associated. The topographic landscape change closer to the Mount Sharp peaks was the actual source of the fish-eye lens curved dark lines.
The later images are becoming improved, and smaller nearby rocks are now showing patterns and convolutions of unusual shapes in a few samples.
Few large scale images of the landing site showing the geographic position are available in small file size. This is an altered reduced frame view of the rover at the lower right of center, with flows across the site, and faulting with channels leading from the Mount Sharp peaks to the MSL/Curiosity site. Rover position marked as a white box.


I am perplexed by one aspect of the curiosity rover. The MER imagery was and still is much much sharper, clearer and just better than anything I have seen so far from curiosity. I tried to ask a question about this on the comment section of the curiosity site, but I was never able to get the site to accept my message. Strange goings on, in my opinion.

I remember reading somewhere that the cameras were working at something like 8 percent of full capability.

For the life of me I cant seem to find where i saw this at,,,Mars Daily,,I think,,,,maybe on August 21 or 22??
It could also have been from the jpl site.

There is much software left to be loaded to
Curie still,,

Positron,,,you can be shure of one thing,,,,the pictures will be better by FAR than anything mer related.