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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.
PIA16762:
Before-and-After Blink of Curiosity 'Mini Drill' into Mars Rock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the images combined into this mosaic of the drill area, called 'John Klein,' where the rover ultimately performed its first sample drilling.
PIA16686:
Investigating Curiosity's Drill Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting.
PIA16768:
Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Mastcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color. Raw color shows the scene's colors as they would look in a typical smart-phone camera photo, before any adjustment.
PIA16769:
Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Light-toned nodules and veins of a patch of sedimentary rock called 'Knorr' are visible in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16792:
Veins and Nodules at 'Knorr' Target in 'Yellowknife Bay' of Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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At different locations on the surface of the same rock, scientists can use the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to measure the amount of reflected light at a series of different wavelengths.
PIA16793:
Indication of Hydration in Veins and Nodules of 'Knorr' in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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On this image of the rock target 'Knorr,' color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16794:
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for 'Knorr' Rock Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This raw image of 'Tintina,' a broken rock fragment in a rover wheel track, was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA16795:
Rock "Tintina" Exposes "Yellowknife Bay" Vein Material
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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On this image of the broken rock called 'Tintina,' color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16796:
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for broken rock 'Tintina'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of images illustrates the twin cameras of the Mastcam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover (upper left), the Mastcam calibration target (lower center), and the locations of the cameras and target on the rover.
PIA16798:
Mast Camera and Its Calibration Target on Curiosity Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.
PIA16799:
Filters for Color Imaging and for Science
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three versions of the same image taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate different choices that scientists can make in presenting the colors recorded by the camera.
PIA16800:
'Raw,' 'Natural' and 'White-Balanced' Views of Martian Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's rover Curiosity uses its calibration target for the Mastcam to approximate colors we would see on Mars, using the known colors of materials on the target.
PIA16801:
Using Curiosity's Mast Camera to View Scene in 'Natural' Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the calibration target for Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
PIA16802:
Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting color and patterns in this unnamed rock.
PIA16803:
Bluish-Black Rock with White 'Crystals' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.
PIA16804:
Bluish Color in Broken Rock in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16805:
Drill Hole Image and Spectra Acquired by Mastcam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16806:
Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded.
PIA16815:
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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'Cumberland' has been selected as the second target for drilling by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The rover has the capability to collect powdered material from inside the target rock and analyze that powder with laboratory instruments.
PIA16927:
'Cumberland' Target for Drilling by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
PIA17062:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. 3-D glasses are needed.
PIA17063:
Evidence About a Martian Streambed (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity was taken by the right (telephoto-lens) camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the rover during the 193rd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 20, 2013) in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17071:
'Point Lake' Outcrop in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows textural characteristics and shapes of an outcrop called 'Point Lake.' The outcrop is about 20 inches (half a meter) high and pockmarked with holes.
PIA17268:
Puzzling 'Point Lake' Outcrop Revisited
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
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Observations at large scales, such as panoramas of Martian landscapes, help researchers identify smaller-scale features of special interest for examination in more detail.
PIA17275:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Large Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rise topped by two gray rocks near the center of the scene is informally named 'Twin Cairns Island' as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The center of the scene is toward the southwest.
PIA17083:
Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a movie clip shows the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17089:
Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of the two moons of Mars comes from a set of images taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity as the larger moon, Phobos, passed in front of the smaller one, Deimos, from Curiosity's perspective, on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17350:
Two Moons of Mars in One Enhanced View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
PIA17351:
Illustration Comparing Apparent Sizes of Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These six images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show the two moons of Mars moments before (left three) and after (right three) the larger moon, Phobos, occulted Deimos on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17353:
Before and After Occultation of Deimos by Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from a movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17352:
Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-28 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17356:
Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An outcrop visible as light-toned streaks in the lower center of this image has been chosen as a place for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to study for a few days in September 2013.
PIA17360:
'Darwin' Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1' of Curiosity's trek to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rock 'Ithaca' is shown here with a rougher lower texture and smoother texture on top, and appears to be a piece of the local sedimentary bedrock protruding from the surrounding soil in Gale Crater as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17592:
Target Rock 'Ithaca' in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Curiosity shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets 'John Klein' and 'Cumberland'.
PIA17595:
View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater, from a perspective in Yellowknife Bay looking toward west-northwest.
PIA17603:
Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, Curiosity, has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
PIA17766:
Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view combines several frames taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, looking into a valley to the west from the eastern side of a dune at the eastern end of the valley.
PIA17931:
Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-06 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).
PIA17935:
Curiosity Mars Rover's First Image of Earth and Earth's Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-06 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.
PIA17936:
Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014).
PIA17944:
Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-24 Ceres Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first image of asteroids taken from the surface of Mars. The image includes two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. This version includes Mars' moon Deimos.
PIA17937:
First Asteroid Image from the Surface of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has driven within robotic-arm's reach of the sandstone slab at the center of this view.
PIA18087:
Sandstone Target 'Windjana' May Be Next Martian Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-10 Mercury Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows five versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014. Two sunspots, each about the diameter of Earth, also appear.
PIA18389:
Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This Aug. 12, 2012, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop that includes the 'Bonanza King' rock under consideration as a drilling target. Raised ridges on the flat rocks are visible at right.
PIA18601:
Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called 'Bonanza King,' visible from the rover's Mastcam.
PIA18602:
Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A swept Martian rock called 'Bonanza King' can be seen in this image take by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. This rock is located across the boundary that defines the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18477:
A Bonanza of Clues About Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the 'Pahrump Hills' region on Mars.
PIA18476:
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the 'Amargosa Valley,' on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is headed toward the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop.
PIA18473:
Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The 'Bonanza King' rock on Mars, pictured here, was tapped by the drill belonging to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The tapping resulted in sand piling up on the rock after drilling, showing the rock was not firmly in place.
PIA18478:
Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.
PIA18608:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the first holes drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at Mount Sharp. The loose material near the drill holes is drill tailings and an accumulation of dust that slid down the rock during drilling.
PIA19036:
'Confidence Hills' -- The First Mount Sharp Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill from the 'Confidence Hills' target -- the first rock drilled after Curiosity reached the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.
PIA19037:
'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view shows the path and some key places in a survey of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in autumn of 2014. The outcrop is at the base of Mount Sharp within Gale Crater.
PIA19039:
Mars Rover Curiosity's Walkabout at 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animiation of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the comet passed near the red planet on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA19043:
Mars Curiosity Rover Views Comet Siding Spring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called 'Darwin' on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
PIA19083:
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This small ridge, about 3 feet long, appears to resist wind erosion more than the flatter plates around it. Such differences are among the traits NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining at selected rock targets at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18880:
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This patch of Martian bedrock, about 2 feet (70 centimeters) across, is finely layered rock with some pea-size inclusions. It lies near the lowest point of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop, which forms part of the basal layer of Mount Sharp.
PIA18881:
Fine-Grained, Finely Layered Rock at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A wheel track cuts through a windblown ripple of dusty sand in this Nov. 7, 2014, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. The view spans about four feet across.
PIA18882:
Ripple's Interior Exposed by Rover Wheel Track
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from ASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called 'Alexander Hills,' which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets. It is a mosaic of six frames taken on Nov. 23, 2014.
PIA19066:
Within Rover's Reach at Mars Target Area 'Alexander Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now.
PIA19068:
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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On March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. Multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments.
PIA19069:
Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene.
PIA19070:
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp.
PIA19072:
Sol 696 (July 22, 2014), Left
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
PIA19074:
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. This type of rock can form under a lake.
PIA19075:
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken at a target called 'Whale Rock' within the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19076:
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19081:
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This raw-color view from Curiosity's Mastcam shows the rover's drill just after finishing a drilling operation at 'Telegraph Peak' on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19145:
Curiosity's Drill After Drilling at 'Telegraph Peak'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes temperature and humidity sensors mounted on the rover's mast. One of the REMS booms extends to the left from the mast in this view.
PIA19164:
Mars Weather-Station Tools on Rover's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This stereo image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock outcrop called 'Hottah,' cited as evidence for vigorous flow of water in a long-ago Martian stream. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA16223:
Martian Streambed Evidence Rock in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a Martian rock called 'Rocknest 3' combines four images taken by the right-eye camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument. The image has been white-balanced to show what the rock would look like if it were on Earth.
PIA16452:
A Martian Rock Called 'Rocknest 3'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this Martian scene recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called 'the Kimberley.'
PIA17959:
Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
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For at least a couple of days, the science team of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is focused on a full-bore science campaign at a tantalizing, rocky site informally called 'Darwin.'
PIA17481:
Evolving Excitement Over 'Darwin' Rock Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A sweeping panorama combining 33 telephoto images into one Martian vista presents details of several types of terrain visible on Mount Sharp from a location along the route of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19397:
Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars
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This April 16, 2015, panorama from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a detailed view toward two areas, 'Mount Shields' and 'Logan Pass,' on lower Mount Sharp, chosen for close-up inspection in subsequent weeks.
PIA19398:
Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
PIA19400:
Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
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This frame is from sequence of views NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
PIA19401:
Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view southeastward from NASA's Curiosity's Mastcam shows terrain judged difficult for traversing between the rover and an outcrop in the middle distance where a pale rock unit meets a darker rock unit above it.
PIA19662:
Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site where two different types of bedrock meet on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19676:
Geological Contact Zone Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
PIA19801:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
PIA19802:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A southward-looking panorama combining images from both cameras of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows diverse geological textures on Mount Sharp.
PIA19803:
Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015.
PIA19818:
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken in mid-September, 2015, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19912:
Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
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A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
PIA19839:
Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Animation Icon
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An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.
PIA19840:
Secrets of 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19921:
Veiny 'Garden City' Site and Surroundings on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Prominent mineral veins at the 'Garden City' site examined by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vary in thickness and brightness, as seen in this image from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA19922:
'Garden City' Vein Complex on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.
PIA19928:
Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
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The dark band in the lower portion of this Martian scene is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' dune field lining the northwestern edge of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.
PIA19929:
Glimpse of 'Bagnold Dunes' Edging Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rippled surface of the first Martian sand dune ever studied up close fills this view of 'High Dune' from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. This site is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20168:
'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close
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A wheel track left by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover exposes underlying material in a shallow sand sheet in this view from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The site is close to a large sand dune of similarly dark sand grains.
PIA20169:
Rover Track in Sand Sheet Near Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Marias Pass' area where a lower and older geological unit of mudstone.
PIA20174:
'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals details of a bedrock discoloration pattern at a site between 'Marias Pass' and 'Bridger Basin.' The discoloration is not associated with individual layers.
PIA20269:
Detail of Discoloration Pattern Seen by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers an area in 'Bridger Basin' that includes the locations where the rover drilled a target called 'Big Sky' on the mission's Sol 1119 (Sept. 29, 2015).
PIA20270:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drilling Area on Mount Sharp
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Combining multiple images, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals fine details of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune.' Sand on this face of the dark dune has cascaded down a slope of about 26 to 28 degrees.
PIA20283:
Mastcam Telephoto of a Martian Dune's Downwind Face
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This view from NASA's Curiosity rover of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune' on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon. The site is part of the dark-sand 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20284:
Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
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Patches of Martian sandstone visible in this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have a knobbly texture due to nodules apparently more resistant to erosion than the host rock in which some are still embedded.
PIA20322:
Knobbly Textured Sandstone on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This early-morning view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers a field of view of about 130 degrees of the inner wall of Gale Crater. The rover's location was on the
PIA20333:
Northern Portion of Gale Crater Rim Viewed from 'Naukluft Plateau'
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