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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15875:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15876:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15877:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15878:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called
PIA16821:
Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior.
PIA19071:
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin.
PIA19073:
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars' Mount Sharp, where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed and is now driving. The images were taken on Earth and have been altered for the illustration.
PIA19078:
Sediment Accumulation in Dry and Wet Periods
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image depicts how a mountain inside a Mars' Gale Crater might have formed. At left, the crater fills with layers of sediment. Yellow is for deposits in alluvial fans, deltas, and drifts during both wet and dry periods.
PIA19079:
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim, showing evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found ancient streams, deltas and lakes.
PIA19080:
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The green diamond shows approximately where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse).
PIA15981:
Where Curiosity Landed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This labeled version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a fin on the radioisotope thermoelectric generator, the rear left wheel and a spring that released the dust cover.
PIA15982:
Curiosity's Rear View, Annotated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The sensor head on the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer instrument was installed during testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The instrument is part of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA13874:
Sensor Head on the Mars-bound APXS Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Data from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show an unusual enrichment of silicon in the rocks dubbed 'Wildrose' and 'Bonanza King,' relative to other rocks studied at Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA18479:
Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Grad student Nicholas Boyd (left) and Principal Investigator Ralf Gellert, both of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, prepare for the installation of the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer sensor head during testing at NASA's JPL.
PIA13875:
Preparing to Install APXS Sensor Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph compares the elemental composition of typical soils at three landing regions on Mars: Gusev Crater, from Spirit; Meridiani Planum, from Opportunity; and now Gale Crater, where NASA's newest Curiosity rover is currently investigating.
PIA16572:
Inspecting Soils Across Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graphic presents results from APXS onboard NASA's rover Curiosity, with the comparisons simplified across diverse elements by dividing the amount of each element measured in the rocks by the amount of the same element in a local soil.
PIA16791:
Elemental Compositions of 'Yellowknife Bay' Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. This image let researchers know that the APXS instrument had not become caked with dust during Curiosity's landing.
PIA16160:
Portrait of APXS on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
MAHLI
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Two instruments at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will use calibration targets attached to a shoulder joint of the arm. The penny is a size reference giving the public a familiar object for perceiving size on Mars easily.
PIA15284:
Contact Instrument Calibration Targets on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
PIA16217:
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right).
PIA16170:
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.
PIA16171:
Detector for CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the cells that hold the soil samples that are vibrated by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16172:
Shake it up, CheMin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The semi-precious gem peridot is a variety of olivine. NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or 'fingerprint,' of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals.
PIA16218:
Olivine on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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These images, made from data obtained by Curiosity's CheMin, show the patterns obtained from a drift of windblown dust and sand called 'Rocknest' and from a powdered rock sample drilled from the 'John Klein' bedrock.
PIA16830:
Minerals at 'Rocknest' and 'John Klein'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This side-by-side comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from rocks on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover. The images present data obtained by Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin).
PIA19038:
Signature of Hematite in 'Confidence Hills' Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the cover on an inlet that will receive powdered rock and soil samples for analysis. The image also shows sand and angular and rounded pebbles that were deposited on the rover deck when it landed.
PIA16162:
Getting Ready for Sampling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the open inlet where powdered rock and soil samples will be funneled down for analysis.
PIA16163:
Say 'Ahh' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the upper portion of a wind-blown deposit dubbed 'Rocknest.' At left, colors are unmodified, showing the scene as it would appear on Mars, which has a dusty red-colored atmosphere.
PIA16174:
Wind-Blown Martian Sand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images shows a 'bite mark' where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil.
PIA16173:
Curiosity Digs In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Researchers prepare for a test of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument that will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission; researchers are preparing the instrument's mast unit for a laser firing test.
PIA13599:
ChemCam Mast Unit Being Prepared for Laser Firing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called 'laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,' which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument onboard NASA's rover, Curiosity, will use on Mars.
PIA15103:
Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15104:
Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image displays the type of detail discernable with the telescopic camera of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15105:
Detail Observed from 10 Feet away with Curiosity's ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
PIA15106:
Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16075:
First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. The calibration target is one square and a group of nine circles that look dark in the black-and-white image.
PIA16069:
Readying ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This is the first laser spectrum from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, sent back from Mars on Aug. 19, 2012, showing emission lines from different elements present in the target, a rock near the rover's landing site dubbed 'Coronation.'
PIA16089:
Coronation's Chemicals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser to examine side-by-side points in a target patch of soil, leaving the marks apparent in this before-and-after comparison.
PIA15695:
Marks of Laser Exam on Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
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Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of a rock called 'Rocknest 3' combines two images taken by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity and indicates five spots where ChemCam had hit the rock with laser pulses to check its composition.
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Mars Rock 'Rocknest 3' Imaged by Curiosity's ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows close-ups of light-toned veins in rocks in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars together with analyses of their composition.
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Calcium-Rich Veins in Martian Rocks
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ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows an analysis of the composition of two rocks called 'Crest' and 'Rapitan' in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars
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Signs of Hydrated Calcium Sulfates in Martian Rocks
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ChemCam
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This set of images shows the similarity of sulfate-rich veins seen on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover to sulfate-rich veins seen on Earth.
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Veins in Rocks on Mars and Earth
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ChemCam
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The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.
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Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View
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ChemCam
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This head-on view shows the tip of the drill bit on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The view merges two exposures taken by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument at different focus settings.
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Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Head-on View
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ChemCam
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
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Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock. The images were taken by the remote micro-imager camera in the laser-firing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
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Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
PIA17276:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Since landing on Mars in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has fired the laser on its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument more than 100,000 times at rock and soil targets up to about 23 feet (7 meters) away.
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Target for 100,000th Laser Shot by Curiosity on Mars
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
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ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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ChemCam
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As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is progressing toward Mount Sharp, researchers are using the rover's RIM and ChemCam instruments to examine soils and rocks in Gale Crater.
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Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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ChemCam
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock 'shell' about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior.
PIA18396:
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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ChemCam
MAHLI
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The hole that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drilled into target rock 'John Klein' provided a view into the interior of the rock, as well as obtaining a sample of powdered material from the rock.
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View into 'John Klein' Drill Hole in Martian Mudstone
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ChemCam
MAHLI
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A Martian target rock called 'Nova,' shown here, displayed an increasing concentration of aluminum as a series of laser shots from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover penetrated through dust on the rock's surface.
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Curiosity's ChemCam Examines Mars Rock Target 'Nova'
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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The remote sensing mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity holds two science instruments for studying the rover's surroundings and two stereo navigation cameras for use in driving the rover and planning rover activities.
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Top of Mars Rover Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic.' The red dots are where ChemCam zapped the rock with its laser.
PIA16192:
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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ChemCam
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A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated.
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Laser Hits on Martian Drill Tailings
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
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Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock target called /Harrison' merges images from two cameras onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to provide both color and microscopic detail. The elongated crystals are likely feldspars, and the matrix is pyroxene-dominated.
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Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
PIA18387:
Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
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ChemCam
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the ChemCam instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
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Accurate Pointing by Curiosity
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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17598:
Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars
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CHIMRA
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This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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CHIMRA
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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
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Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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CHIMRA
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This figure shows the location of CHIMRA on the turret of NASA's Curiosity rover, together with a cutaway view of the device. CHIMRA processes samples from the rover's scoop or drill and delivers them to science instruments.
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Preparing Samples on Mars
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CHIMRA
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These schematic drawings show a top view and a cutaway view of a section of the drill on NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
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Views of Curiosity's Drill
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CHIMRA
Mastcam
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In this image, the scoop on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the larger soil particles that were too big to filter through a sample-processing sieve that is porous only to particles less than 0.006 inches (150 microns) across.
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Too Big for the Sieve
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CHIMRA
Mastcam
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This image shows fine sand from Mars that was filtered by NASA's Curiosity rover as part of its first 'decontamination' exercise.
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Sand Filtered through Curiosity's Sieve
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