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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA has selected Gale crater as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. This view of Gale is a mosaic of observations from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
PIA14290:
Gale Crater: Future Home of Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT). The rover is heading toward Glenelg, just to the lower right of Bradbury.
PIA16159:
Downslope of the Fan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the 'John Klein' rock.
PIA16832:
Location of John Klein Drill Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument will analyze samples of Martian rock and soil collected by the rover's arm to assess carbon chemistry through a search for organic compounds, and to look for clues about planetary change.
PIA13463:
Sample Analysis at Mars for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This schematic illustration for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument shows major components of the microwave-oven-size instrument, which will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere.
PIA13790:
Schematic of Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, largest of the 10 science instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere for information about chemicals that are important to life.
PIA13791:
Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13792:
Installing SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
PIA13793:
Lowering SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will study chemistry of rocks, soil and air as the mission's rover, Curiosity, investigates Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA15100:
SAM Instrument at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.
PIA16100:
Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.
PIA16463:
Volatiles on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16178:
Shooting Lasers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows the percentage abundance of five gases in the atmosphere of Mars, as measured by the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer instrument of the SAM instrument suite onboard Curiosity.
PIA16460:
The Five Most Abundant Gases in the Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.
PIA16461:
Potential Sources and Sinks of Methane on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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New results from the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover detected about 2,000 times as much argon-40 as argon-36, which weighs less, confirming the connection between Mars and Martian meteorites found on Earth.
PIA16462:
Weighing Molecules on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This subframe image from the left Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the covers in place over two sample inlet funnels of the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite.
PIA16446:
Inlet Covers for Sample Analysis at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases that were released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
PIA16573:
Heating Martian Sand Grains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This plot shows the first-ever look at the deuterium to hydrogen ratio measured from the surface of Mars, as detected by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16574:
Atmospheric Loss on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected sulfur, chlorine, and oxygen compounds in fine grains scooped by the rover at a wind drift site called 'Rocknest.' The grains were heated and analyzed using the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite.
PIA16575:
Signs of Perchlorates and Sulfur Containing Compounds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The first examinations of Martian soil by the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show no definitive detection of Martian organic molecules at this point.
PIA16576:
Chlorinated Compounds at 'Rocknest'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An analysis of a drilled rock sample from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the presence of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide released on heating.
PIA16835:
Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover has detected the simple carbon-containing compounds chloro- and dichloromethane from the powdered rock sample extracted from the 'John Klein' rock on Mars.
PIA16836:
Chlorinated Forms of Methane at "John Klein" Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, made by the quadrupole mass spectrometer in the SAM suite of instruments in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. shows the ratio of the argon isotope argon-36 to the heavier argon isotope argon-38, in various measurements.
PIA16818:
Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration shows the instruments and subsystems of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite on the Curiosity Rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project. SAM analyzes the gases in the Martian atmosphere.
PIA16816:
The SAM Suite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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As the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover heats a sample, gases are released (or 'evolved') from the sample and can be identified using SAM's quadrupole mass spectrometer.
PIA16817:
Major Volatiles Released from the Fourth 'John Klein' Portion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image graphs four gases released ('evolved') when powdered rock from the target rock 'Cumberland' was heated inside the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17599:
Volatiles Released by Heating Sample Powder from Martian Rock 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
PIA19086:
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called 'Cumberland.'
PIA19089:
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the 'Cumberland' rock sample and amounts of it in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19090:
Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Samples Analyzed by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
PIA19087:
Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration portrays possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere.
PIA19088:
Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
PIA19091:
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed, wind direction and air temperature; image taken during installation of the instrument inside a clean room at NASA's JPL.
PIA13646:
Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station
PIA16475:
Mountain Winds at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Twenty-one times during the first 12 weeks that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity worked on Mars, the rover's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) detected brief dips in air pressure that could be caused by a passing whirlwind.
PIA16476:
Signs of a Whirlwind in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows the atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover. Pressure is a measure of the amount of air in the whole column of atmosphere sitting above the rover.
PIA16477:
Pressure Cycles on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph compares a typical daily pattern of changing atmospheric pressure (blue) with the pattern during a regional dust storm hundreds of miles away (red). The data are by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16455:
Atmospheric Pressure Patterns Before and During Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image maps the traverse of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity from 'Bradbury Landing' to 'Yellowknife Bay,' with an inset documenting a change in the ground's thermal properties with arrival at a different type of terrain.
PIA16708:
Curiosity's Traverse into Different Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's pattern atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16912:
Seasonal Pressure Curve Peaks at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This pair of graphs shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's record of temperatures (in degrees Celsius) measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16913:
Steady Temperatures at Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected dozens of whirlwinds, or vortex events, causing brief dips in atmospheric pressure, and sometimes other measurable effects.
PIA16914:
Whirlwind Detection by Curiosity in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic tracks the maximum relative humidity and the temperature at which that maximum occurred each Martian day, or sol, for about one-fourth of a Martian year, as measured by REMS on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16915:
Humidity in Gale Crater: Scant and Variable
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Test operators in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory monitor some of the first motions by the robotic arm on the Mars rover Curiosity after installation in August 2010. The arm is shown in a partially extended position.
PIA13388:
Curiosity Mars Rover Flexes its Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, stretches its robotic arm upward during tests on a tilt table in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labotatory.
PIA13389:
Arm Stretch by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Testing of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sept. 3, 2010, included movements of the arm while the rover was on a table tilted to 20 degrees to simulate a sloped surface on Mars.
PIA13390:
Tilt-Table Testing for Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during testing on June 3, 2011. The turret at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm holds five devices.
PIA14253:
Mars Rover Curiosity Raising Turret
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during testing on June 3, 2011. The turret at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm holds five devices. In this view, the drill is at the six o'clock position.
PIA14258:
Mars Rover Curiosity's Arm Held High
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.
PIA15025:
Testing Precision of Movement of Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alliance Spacesystems are testing the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory roverís robotic arm joints.
PIA12069:
The Rover Gets Strong-Armed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the turret of tools at the end of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16085:
End of Curiosity's Extended Arm, Full-Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic shows the daily variations in Martian radiation and atmospheric pressure as measured by NASA's Curiosity rover. As pressure increases, the total radiation dose decreases.
PIA16479:
Daily Cycles of Radiation and Pressure at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Radiation Assessment Detector, shown prior to its September 2010 installation onto NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, will aid future human missions to Mars by providing information about the radiation environment on Mars and on the way to Mars.
PIA13580:
Radiation Assessment Detector for Mars Science Laboratory
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This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.
PIA15955:
Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
PIA16020:
Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the variation of radiation dose measured by the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Curiosity rover over about 50 sols, or Martian days, on Mars.
PIA16480:
Longer-Term Radiation Variations at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration depicts the two main types of radiation that NASA's Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) onboard Curiosity monitors, and how the magnetic field around Earth affects the radiation in space near Earth.
PIA16938:
Sources of Ionizing Radiation in Interplanetary Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.
PIA16939:
Radiation Measurements During Trip From Earth to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph based on data from the RAD instrument onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft shows the flux of energetic particles (vertical axis) as a function of the estimated energy deposited in water (horizontal axis).
PIA17060:
Calculating Radiation Dose for Biological Tissue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic compares the radiation dose equivalent for several types of experiences, including a calculation for a trip from Earth to Mars based on measurements made by the RAD instrument shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.
PIA17061:
Comparison of Some Radiation Exposures to Mars-Trip Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Micrograys are unit of measurement for absorbed radiation dose. The vertical axis is in micrograys per day. The RAD instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover monitors the natural radiation environment at the surface of Mars.
PIA17600:
Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Measurements with the MSL's RAD on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the flight to Mars and now on the surface of Mars enable an estimate of the radiation astronauts would be exposed to on an expedition to Mars.
PIA17601:
Radiation Exposure Comparisons with Mars Trip Calculation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This full-circle panorama of the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on July 31, 2014, offers a view into sandy lower terrain called 'Hidden Valley'
PIA18409:
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity extended its robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012, for the first time on Mars and used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view of the extended arm.
PIA15692:
Curiosity Extends Arm for First Time on Mars
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The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.
PIA16096:
Curiosity's First Arm Extension, Full Resolution
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This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover placed the APXS instrument onto the rock to assess what chemical elements were present in the rock.
PIA16220:
Curiosity's Rock-Contact Science Begins
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Sample material from the fourth scoop of Martian soil collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the rover's observation tray in this image taken during the mission's 78th Martian sol, (Oct. 24, 2012) by Curiosity's left Navigation Camera.
PIA16235:
Scooped Material on Rover's Observation Tray
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This set of images compares test images taken by four cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory before launch.
PIA15951:
Comparison of Curiosity Camera Fields of View
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With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover.
PIA16077:
The Heights of Mount Sharp
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras. This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras.
PIA16027:
Checking out the Rover Deck in Full Resolution
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover. The back of the rover can be at top left, two of the right side wheels at left, and the undulating rim of Gale Crater forms the lighter color strip in the background.
PIA16063:
Still Life with Rover
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Soil clinging to the right middle and rear wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this image taken by the Curiosity's Navigation Camera after the rover's third drive on Mars.
PIA15693:
Martian Soil on Curiosity's Wheels After Sol 22 Drive
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This scene shows the surroundings of the location where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity arrived on the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).
PIA15698:
Curiosity's Location During Arm Checkouts
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument as the rover continues to check out its instruments in the first phase after landing.
PIA16164:
Opening and Closing SAM Animation Icon
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The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day ended with this rock front of the rover. The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock.
PIA16155:
'Jake Matijevic' Contact Target for Curiosity
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This 360-degree panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rocky terrain of 'Rocknest' surrounding it as of its 55th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 1, 2012).
PIA16202:
View on the Way to 'Glenelg'
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the 'Rocknest' site to give researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material forming the ripple.
PIA16205:
Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
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Smooth surfaces of windblown sand and dust of the 'Rocknest' area signal an appropriate place for NASA's Curiosity to collect and use the mission's first few scoopfuls of soil.
PIA16227:
Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
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Three bite marks left in the Martian ground by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image. Each of the three bites is about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.
PIA16231:
Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a mechanism on its robotic arm to dig up five scoopfuls of material from a patch of dusty sand called 'Rocknest,' producing the five bite-mark pits visible in this image from the rover's left Navigation Camera (Navcam).
PIA16199:
Five Bites Into Mars
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 83 feet eastward during the 102nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 18, 2012). At the end of the drive, Curiosity's view was toward 'Yellowknife Bay' in the 'Glenelg' area of Gale Crater.
PIA16447:
Post-Drive View on Curiosity's Sol 102
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The view spans from north at the left to south-southeast at the right. It is presented in a cylindrical projection.
PIA16448:
Curiosity's Eastward View After Sol 100 Drive
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The rover used its Navigation Camera after the drive to record the images combined into this 3-D panoramic view.
PIA16449:
Curiosity's Eastward View After Sol 100 Drive, Stereo
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The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) during the mission's 120th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 7, 2012), to record the seven images combined into this panoramic view.
PIA16551:
Sol 120 Panorama from Curiosity, near 'Shaler'
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This stereo panoramic view combines 14 images taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 120th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 7, 2012). You need 3D glasses.
PIA16552:
Sol 120 Panorama from Curiosity, near 'Shaler' (Stereo)
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The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its left Navigation Camera to record this view of the step down into a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay.' The descent into the basin crossed a step about 2 feet high, visible in the upper half of this image.
PIA16553:
Looking Back at Entry Into 'Yellowknife Bay'
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In a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay,' the NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove to an edge of the feature to record this view of the ledge at the margin and a view across the 'bay' during the 130th Martian day, or sol, (Dec. 17, 2012).
PIA16562:
At Edge of 'Yellowknife Bay,' Sol 130
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The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called 'Snake River.' Curiosity gets a closer look at Snake River for before proceeding to other nearby rocks.
PIA16564:
'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
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This view of Curiosity's left-front and left-center wheels and of marks made by wheels on the ground in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area comes from one of six cameras used on Mars for the first time more than six months after the rover landed.
PIA16812:
View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars
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In the center foreground, NASA's Curiosity rover's arm holds the tool turret above a target called
PIA16847:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp (Raw)
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The left and right eyes of the Navigation Camera (Navcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took the dozens of images combined into this 3-D scene of the rover and its surroundings.
PIA16925:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp
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This image produced from software used for planning drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity depicts the location and size of the rover when it was driven into position for drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.'
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Position of Curiosity for Drilling at 'Cumberland'
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This frame from an animation shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset.
PIA17270:
Phobos Passing Overhead Animation Icon
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This view from the left Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity looks back at wheel tracks made during the first drive away from the last science target in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17272:
First Leg of Long Trek Toward Mount Sharp
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Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.
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Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329
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This mosaic of images from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the scene from the rover's position on the 376th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Aug. 27, 2013).
PIA17354:
View Ahead After Curiosity's Sol 376 Drive Using Autonomous Navigation
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In the upper central portion of this image is a patch of ground paler than its surroundings as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity after reaching the top of a rise called 'Panorama Point.'
PIA17359:
Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin'
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The low ridge that appears as a dark band below the horizon in the center of this scene is a Martian outcrop called 'Cooperstown,' a possible site for contact inspection with tools on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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Curiosity's View of "Cooperstown" Outcrop on Route to Mount Sharp
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