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i have found the original photo at nasa.gov, nasa did not erase, or delete, or edit the photo Here is the URL: nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16238.html
If you download the one from zippyshare or sendspace it will be a Fake one, this is how to tell real from the fake The NASA photo will be named : 703574main_MSL%20self-portrait%20pia16239%2020121101_full with underscores
The Fake with Cross will be named: 703574main-MSL-self-portrait-pia16239-20121101-full with dashes