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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Mars Rover Curiosity sends back 3-D image

A 3-D image view from the Mars rover Curiosity. The image was taken from the Bradbury Landing site inside Gale Crater using the left and right eyes of the navigation camera. Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination, can be seen in the distance. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

If someone had told me five years ago that, as a reporter, I would need to keep some 3-D glasses handy to cover NASA (or that I’d be covering it at all), I’d have thought they were a bit narrow in scope regarding their prediction ... and completely wrong.

Well, the Mars rover Curiosity has sent down yet another 3-D image — this time from the rover’s Bradbury landing site, and as the rover instructs via Twitter, it’s worth having some 3-D glasses handy:

The rover has also taken a sample of the Martian atmosphere using its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The sample was taken overnight — in Mars days — between Sept. 2 and 3.

The rover has also been traveling the surface on its way toward its eventual destination, Mount Sharp. The latest drive, Sept 1, was 98 feet and included a test of Curiosity’s “visual odometry,” which allows it to determine how far it has driven. The wheels leave behind a pattern (which spells “JPL” in morse code) that allows the rover and engineers on Earth to determine how far the rover has gone.

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