New Curiosity Mars rover photos show side of 'Mount Sharp'

In this image released by NASA on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, an image taken by the Mast Camera (MastCam) highlights the geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

August 28, 2012 11:13:09 AM PDT
NASA has beamed back a set of spectacular pictures from Mars rover Curiosity and a first voice message.

The new images show the side of "Mount Sharp", which was formed from hundreds of rock layers. Curiosity will eventually explore the mountain.

Also, NASA's chief recorded a message, uploaded it to Curiosity, and the rover transmitted it back to earth. The space agency says this is the first time a recorded human voice has made such a journey.

NASA's chief has forecast that a manned mission to Mars could happen in the not too distant future.