Here is a beautiful panoramic view of Curiosity’s current location in Gale crater, showing the scene at Martian twilight. The panorama is composed of images taken between sol 170 and sol 176, thanks again to Damien Bouic. Click to see the full-size version of the image. How long will it be before astronauts can see a view like this?
NASA has posted an update of sorts regarding the “shiny knob” seen in a recent Mastcam image taken by the Curiosity rover. This is the one previously referred to here as the “hammerhead” due to its shape.
Here is another great view of the first two holes ever drilled on Mars, by the Curiosity rover. The first one, top, was made on sol 180 (February 6, 2013) and the second one, below, was made on sol 182 (February 8, 2013). The second one is deeper, and some of the powdered bedrock sample obtained will be delivered to the CheMin and SAM laboratory instruments for analysis. The grey material is powdered bedrock (not covered by reddish Martian dust) which has spilled out during the drilling.