PIA14165: Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Product Size: 10000 x 5625 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011. In this picture, the mast, or rover's "head," rises to about 2.1 meters (6.9 feet) above ground level, about as tall as a basketball player. This mast supports two remote-sensing instruments: the Mast Camera, or "eyes," for stereo color viewing of surrounding terrain and material collected by the arm; and, the ChemCam instrument, which is a laser that vaporizes material from rocks up to about 9 meters (30 feet) away and determines what elements the rocks are made of.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.More information about Curiosity is at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ .

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2011-05-26