U.S. rover Spirit transmitted to Earth the first images from the surface of Mars from Gusev Crater, where it landed safely at 07:35 Moscow time, according to NASA.
The pictures were taken panoramic camera and transmitted through being on the Martian orbit American research probe "Mars Odyssey".
The pictures are very high quality is clearly visible on the horizon leaving a smooth surface of Mars, covered with rare stones of various sizes lie. One of the photos can be seen as a large boulder. Pictures have confirmed that the "Spirit" is on a level surface and turn his head-on Martian south. During the first session, "Spirit" gave a full 360-degree panorama of Mars Turn around its point of landing.
The first pictures from the surface of Mars, NASA will see parts of the lander, which is still the rover itself, and to make a preliminary assessment of how the affected landing on components of the machine.
In the next few days, engineers in the world to hold a more detailed examination of all components and the rover's instruments, preparing to descend to the surface of Mars and the movement on the planet.
The next session with the rover is scheduled for Monday January 5. According to the plan works, "Spirit" is to begin walking on Mars only 9 days — until Jan. 12.