This lo-res photo shows one of Curiosity wheels on the surface of Mars shortly after landing on August 6, 2012.
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The stop-motion video below shows 297 frames from the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover as it descended to the surface of Mars.
These thumbnail images were received on Earth on Aug. 6, 2012, and cover the last two and a half minutes of descent.
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NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.