2 images of Mars' Mount Sharp assembled, will be Curiosity's final stop

LOS ANGELES

The view comes in two versions: natural Mars color, and an enhanced version to show how the mountain might look in earth lighting, with a false blue sky. That version helps scientists study the terrain.

Mount Sharp is 3 miles high, making it taller than any mountain in the 48 states.

This comes just days after Curiosity also discovered that Mars once had some of the key ingredients for primitive life.

Some of those ingredients include water and basic elements that teeny organisms could feed on, once providing an environment where microbes "could have lived in and maybe even prospered in," said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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