A 3-D rear-view vista that includes the rim of Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site. One of the rover's six big wheels is visible in the image's lower right. (c) NASA

3-D views from Mars Curiosity rover

Strap on your 3-D glasses, folks. Curiosity is back on ZME Science, this time in full 3-D.

We just got ahold of two extraordinary¬†¬†three-dimensional photos, taken by the car-sized rover on Mars by¬†combining images from the robot’s navigation cameras, which operate in pairs to provide stereo views of the Martian surface.

A 3-D rear-view vista that includes the rim of Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site. One of the rover's six big wheels is visible in the image's lower right. (c) NASA

A 3-D rear-view vista that includes the rim of Curiosity’s Gale Crater landing site. One of the rover’s six big wheels is visible in the image’s lower right. Click image for zoom. (c) NASA

A 3-D forward view that captures Curiosity's long shadow and part of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high (5.5-kilometer) mountain, in the distance. Curiosity is set to reach the summit of this mountain as part of its goals. (c) NASA

A 3-D forward view that captures Curiosity’s long shadow and part of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high (5.5-kilometer) mountain, in the distance. Curiosity is set to reach the summit of this mountain as part of its goals. (c) NASA

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