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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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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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Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows the test radar affixed to a gimbal mounting at the front of a helicopter, carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
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Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
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Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
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Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this picture, the Curiosity rover sports a set of six new wheels. The wheels were installed on June 28 and 29 in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13237:
Wheel Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image taken from a video clip, NASA's Curiosity rover's wheels are shown hoisted on a pink crane and moving closer to the rover's body. Video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13238:
New Wheels (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb holds umbilical cables for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the rover's first drive test, on July 23, 2010. NASA will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012.
PIA13306:
Next Mars Rover Starts Rolling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb observes rolling of the wheels during the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13307:
Close Look at Curiosity's First Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13308:
Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space.
PIA13359:
Mars Science Laboratory's Cruise Stage in Test Chamber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.
PIA13360:
Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A group of members from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory watch the motions of an engineering model of the camera mast for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on March 5, 2010.
PIA13370:
Moviemaker with Mars Rover 'Stunt Double'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, drives up a ramp during a test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The rover, like its smaller predecessors already on Mars, uses a rocker bogie suspension system to drive over uneven ground.
PIA13383:
Ramp Drive Test for Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The suspension system on NASA Mars rover Curiosity easily accommodates rolling over a ramp in this Sept. 10, 2010, test drive inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13384:
NASA's Next Mars Rover on a Test Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Test operators monitor how NASA's Mars rover Curiosity handles driving over a ramp during a test on Sept. 10, 2010, inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13385:
Eyes on Curiosity Rover's Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13397:
Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The two main parts of the ChemCam laser instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission are shown in this combined image.
PIA13398:
Body and Mast Units of ChemCam Instrument for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
PIA13399:
Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser During Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13805:
Preparing for Solar and Thermal Testing of Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13806:
Bright Days Ahead for Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is about 3 meters (10 feet) long, not counting the additional length that the rover's arm can be extended forward. The front of the rover is on the left in this side view.
PIA13808:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is seen here inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Support equipment is holding the rover slightly off the floor.
PIA13980:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, View from Front Left Corner
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The arm and the remote sensing mast of the Mars rover Curiosity each carry science instruments and other tools for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This image shows the arm on the left and the mast just right of center.
PIA13981:
Arm and Mast of NASA Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This wide-angle view shows the High Bay 1 cleanroom inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Specialists are working on components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.
PIA14126:
Working on Curiosity in JPL Spacecraft Assembly Facility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, prepare the heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. With a diameter of 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet), this heat shield is the largest ever built for a planetary mission.
PIA14127:
Preparing Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is the largest ever built for a planetary mission. This image shows the heat shield being prepared at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in April 2011.
PIA14128:
Biggest-Ever Heat Shield Prepared for Mars Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. The rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm.
PIA14156:
Curiosity: The Next Mars Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14165:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14164:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The mast, or rover's
PIA14175:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14252:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Left Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14254:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Front View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14255:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Turning in Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14256:
Mars Rover Curiosity with Wheel on Ramp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14257:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Right Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A NASA Dryden Flight Research Center F/A-18 852 aircraft performs a roll during June 2011 flight tests of a Mars landing radar. A test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is inside a pod under the aircraft's left wing.
PIA14259:
Flight Testing the Landing Radar for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A NASA Dryden Flight Research Center F/A-18 852 aircraft makes a 40-degree dive during June 2011 flight tests of a Mars landing radar. A test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is inside a pod under the left wing.
PIA14260:
Airborne Testing for Mars Landing Radar by Dryden F/A-18
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This drawing of the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, indicates the location of science instruments and some other tools on the car-size rover.
PIA14304:
Diverse Science Payload on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The area in and near the landing site selected for landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory offers a diversity of possible targets for examination by the mission's rover, Curiosity.
PIA14305:
Attractions for Study in and near Curiosity's Selected Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The lower portion of a mountain inside Gale crater on Mars contains layers that may be examined by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. A landing site in Gale, close to the foot of the mountain, has been selected for the mission.
PIA14306:
Attractions in Layers of Mountain Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Spacecraft specialists test the descent stage and rover of the Mars Science Laboratory in this scene from the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14308:
Testing for Mars Science Laboratory Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This stereo image of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rovert was taken May 26, 2011, in Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA14309:
Mars Science Laboratory Mission's Curiosity Rover (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of the rover and descent stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during the final minute before the rover, Curiosity, touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA14838:
Curiosity and Descent Stage, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows the sky crane maneuver during the descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the Martian surface. The sheer size of the rover (over one ton, or 900 kilograms) would preclude it from taking advantage of an airbag-assisted landing.
PIA14839:
Curiosity's Sky Crane Maneuver, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts the moment immediately after NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The spacecraft has detected touchdown, and pyrotechnic cutters have severed connections between rover and spacecraft's descent stage.
PIA14841:
A Moment After Curiosity's Touchdown, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts the moment that NASA's Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The Mars Science Laboratory will use the sky crane touchdown system.
PIA14840:
Curiosity Touching Down, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist concept is of the Atlas V541 launch vehicle that will carry NASA's Curiosity rover on its way to Mars. The Atlas V 541 vehicle was selected as it has the right liftoff capability for heavy weight requirements of the rover and its spacecraft.
PIA14830:
Curiosity Launch Vehicle, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars. The spacecraft includes a disc-shaped cruise stage (on the left) attached to the aeroshell.
PIA14831:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. The Curiosity rover is safely tucked inside the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14832:
Curiosity Approaching Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory aeroshell capsule as it enters the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover and the spacecraft's descent stage are safely tucked inside the aeroshell at this point.
PIA14833:
Curiosity Inside Aeroshell, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows thrusters firing during the entry, descent and landing phase for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission to Mars.
PIA14834:
Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts the interaction of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the upper atmosphere of Mars during the entry, descent and landing of the Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
PIA14835:
Deceleration of Mars Science Laboratory in Martian Atmosphere, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept is of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover parachute system; the largest parachute ever built to fly on a planetary mission. The parachute is attached to the top of the backshell portion of the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14836:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Curiosity rover tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's backshell while the spacecraft is descending on a parachute toward Mars. Here, the spacecraft's heat shield has already been jettisoned.
PIA14837:
Curiosity While on Parachute, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14755:
Rotating Curiosity's Back Shell Powered Descent Vehicle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14756:
Final Closeout Actions for Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, and the spacecraft's descent stage have been enclosed inside the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14758:
Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell with Curiosity Inside
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.
PIA14757:
Connecting Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being lifted during assembly of the spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15020:
Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is prepared for final integration into the complete NASA spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15021:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Closeout
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's 'powered descent vehicle' is the integrated combination of the spacecraft's descent stage and the rover Curiosity.
PIA15022:
Mars Science Laboratory Powered Descent Vehicle
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The 'powered descent vehicle' of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final integration into the spacecraft's back shell in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15023:
Integrating Powered Descent Vehicle with Back Shell of Mars Spacecraft
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The cruise stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final stacking of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15026:
Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Stage
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During final stacking of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, the heat shield is positioned for integration with the rest of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15027:
Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield Integration for Flight
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft has been fully stacked for flight in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in October 2011.
PIA15028:
Mars Science Laboratory Stacked Spacecraft
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Preparations are under way to enclose NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in an Atlas V rocket payload fairing. The fairing protects the spacecraft from the impact of aerodynamic pressure and heating during ascent.
PIA15029:
Mars Science Laboratory and Its Payload Fairing
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Employees at Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., keep watch as the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is lifted up the side of the Vertical Integration Facility on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15030:
Hoisting NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Onto Its Atlas V
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In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15031:
Mars Science Laboratory Atop Its Atlas V
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This artist's concept depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface.
PIA14760:
Curiosity at Work on Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Color coding in this image of Gale Crater on Mars represents differences in elevation. The vertical difference from a low point inside the landing ellipse for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (yellow dot) to a high point on the mountain inside the crater.
PIA15093:
Topography of Gale Crater
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
PIA15095:
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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A section of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Gale Crater landing site is shown, with a representative path from the landing location toward the layered mound to the south.
PIA15107:
Studying a Wider Swath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineer says goodbye to the Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Spacecraft Assembly Facility shortly before the spacecraft was readied for shipment to Kennedy Space Center for launch.
PIA15087:
Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Left-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15088:
Stereo (Left) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Right-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15089:
Stereo (Right) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its rocket-powered descent vehicle pose for a portrait at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility prior to its launch on November 26, 2011 from the Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
PIA15180:
3D Anaglyph Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Rocket-Powered Descent Vehicle
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About the size of a small SUV, NASA's Curiosity rover is well equipped for a tour of Gale Crater on Mars. This impressive rover has six-wheel drive and the ability to turn in place a full 360 degrees, as well as the agility to climb steep hills.
PIA15181:
NASA's Curiosity Rover in Profile
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15277:
Three Generations in Mars Yard, High Viewpoint
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15278:
Three Generations of Rovers in Mars Yard
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15279:
Three Generations of Rovers with Standing Engineers
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15280:
Three Generations of Rovers with Crouching Engineers
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The Lincoln penny in this photograph is part of a camera calibration target attached to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, which is on track for a landing on Mars the night of Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2012.
PIA15285:
Lincoln Cent on Mars Rover
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Curiosity, the big rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, will land in August 2012 near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater. The mission's project science group is calling the mountain Mount Sharp.
PIA15292:
'Mount Sharp' Inside Gale Crater, Mars
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This image shows the target landing area for Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The target, called 'Mount Sharp,' is near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater.
PIA15293:
Destination for Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission team members ran mobility tests on the test rover called 'Scarecrow' on sand dunes near Death Valley, Ca. in early May 2012 in preparation for operating the Curiosity rover, currently en route to Mars.
PIA15682:
Test Rover Aids Preparations in California for Curiosity Rover on Mars
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Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA15683:
Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars
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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
PIA15791:
Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! (Artist's Concept)
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