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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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.
PIA17269:
Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a new technique, with added autonomy for the rover, in placement of the tool-bearing turret on its robotic arm. The technique is used to assess how close the instrument is to a soil or rock surface.
PIA17363:
Curiosity Uses X-ray Instrument's Data for Proximity Placement
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on its mast to catch this look-back eastward at wheel tracks from driving through and past 'Dingo Gap' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17939:
Curiosity Making Headway West of 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover drove over a dune spanning 'Dingo Gap' on Mars. The light-toned dome on the right side of the horizon is part of Mount Sharp.
PIA17938:
Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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On Feb. 19, 2014, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looked back after finishing a long drive. The rows of rocks just to the right of the fresh wheel tracks in this view are an outcrop called 'Junda.' This view is looking toward the east-northeast.
PIA17949:
Curiosity's View Back After Passing 'Junda' Striations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, taken on April 3, 2014, includes a bright spot near the upper left corner. Possible explanations include a glint from a rock or a cosmic-ray hit.
PIA18077:
Bright Spot Toward Sun in Image from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken on Aug. 4, 2014, from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows wheel tracks printed by the rover as it drove on the sandy floor of a lowland called 'Hidden Valley' on the route toward Mount Sharp.
PIA18590:
Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
PIA18599:
Down Northeastern Ramp into 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.
PIA18600:
View Down 'Hidden Valley' Ramp at 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This image from the front Hazcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rover's drill in place during a test of whether the rock beneath it, 'Bonanza King,' would be an acceptable target for drilling to collect a sample.
PIA18603:
Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. It was taken by Curiosity's Navcam on Nov. 13, 2014.
PIA18883:
Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture the set of thumbnail images stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.
PIA16238:
Preliminary Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover's Arm Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 2012-08-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser to examine side-by-side points in a target patch of soil, leaving the marks apparent in this before-and-after comparison.
PIA15695:
Marks of Laser Exam on Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Tracks from the first drives of NASA's Curiosity rover are visible in this image captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover is seen where the tracks end.
PIA16141:
A Rover's Journey Begins
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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 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 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Late last night, in the morning hours of Aug. 6, as NASA's Curiosity rover fell to the surface of Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured an image of the rover gliding on its parachute.
PIA15993:
Curiosity Sails to Mars as Heat Shield Falls Away
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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 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 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 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover revealing surface features including relatively dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features including small escarpments.
PIA15989:
Martian Surface Below Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.
PIA15990:
Curiosity Kicking up Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover illustrating the first appearance of the left front wheel of the Curiosity rover after deployment of the suspension system as the vehicle was about to touch down on Mars.
PIA15992:
Curiosity's Wheel During Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.
PIA15988:
Curiosity's Heat Shield in View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover and is representative of the images acquired once the Curiosity rover was resting on the surface of Mars after touchdown.
PIA15991:
Curiosity Color Close-Up upon Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.
PIA18401:
First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This set of artist's concepts shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory cruise capsule and NASA's Orion spacecraft, which is being built now at NASA's Johnson Space Center and will one day send astronauts to Mars.
PIA15954:
Cruise Vehicles (Artist Concept)
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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 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This figure shows images acquired through each of the eight filters in the filter wheel of the 34-millimeter-focal-length Mast Camera (Mastcam-34) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA15109:
Illustrating MastCam Capabilities with a Terrestrial Scene
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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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 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This side-by-side comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from rocks on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover. The images present data obtained by Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin).
PIA19038:
Signature of Hematite in 'Confidence Hills' Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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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 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN), measures the flow of neutrons with different energy levels returning from the ground, and their delay times, as an indication of the amount and depth of hydrogen in the ground beneath the NASA's rover, Curiosity.
PIA17762:
Russian Hydrogen-Checking Instrument on Curiosity Fires 2 Millionth Pulse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This image shows the location of the 150-micrometer sieve screen on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a device used to remove larger particles from samples before delivery to science instruments.
PIA16688:
Sifting Martian Samples
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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 2010-07-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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This graphic portrays the sequence of key events in August 2012 from the time the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, enters the Martian atmosphere to a moment after it touches down on the surface.
PIA13282:
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was taken the day before the rover's final approach drive to
PIA18072:
Curiosity's View From Before Final Approach to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the locations of the cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15952:
Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 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.
PIA13793:
Lowering SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.
PIA15953:
Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image illustrates how spacecraft landings on Mars have become more and more precise over the years. Since NASA's first Mars landing of Viking in 1976, the targeted landing regions, or ellipses, have shrunk.
PIA16039:
Landing Accuracy on Mars: A Historical Perspective
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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HiRISE
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The geological context for the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover is visible in this image mosaic obtained by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA16031:
Staking out Curiosity's Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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One type of feature of scientific interest on the mountain inside Gale crater is exposure of cemented fractures, evidence that groundwater once reached to at least that height of the mountain. This image is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14307:
Cemented Fractures in Mountain Inside Gale Crater on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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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 2012-11-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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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 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is progressing toward Mount Sharp, researchers are using the rover's RIM and ChemCam instruments to examine soils and rocks in Gale Crater.
PIA17767:
Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's 'head' or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
PIA16013:
Curiosity's New Home
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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 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.
PIA16729:
First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars is kept company by two cratered moons -- an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos.
PIA17305:
The Moons of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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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 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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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 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called 'laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,' which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument onboard NASA's rover, Curiosity, will use on Mars.
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Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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ChemCam
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the ChemCam instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
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Accurate Pointing by Curiosity
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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.
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Mars Science Laboratory Stacked Spacecraft
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ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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The red 'X' marks the spot where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. This is well within the targeted landing region, called the landing 

ellipse, marked by the light blue line.
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Zeroing in on Rover's Landing Site
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MAHLI
Panoramic Camera
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This set of images shows the results from the rock abrasion tool from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (left) and the drill from NASA's Curiosity rover (right).
PIA16834:
Studying Habitability in Ancient Martian Environments
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MAHLI
Mastcam
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This image shows the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on the 32nd Martian day, or sol, of operations on the surface.
PIA16161:
Hello, MAHLI
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The distant blob seen in the view on left, taken by a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, may be a cloud created during the crash of the rover's descent stage.
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Witnessing the Descent Stage Crash?
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ChemCam
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
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Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Mastcam
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This set of views illustrates capabilities of the Mast Camera (MastCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, using a scene on Earth as an example of what MastCam's two cameras can see from different distances.
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Illustrating MastCam Capabilities with a Terrestrial Scene
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RAD
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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.
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Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars
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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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SAM
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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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Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover front hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are are the 'pigeon-toed' the wheels.
PIA16060:
Curiosity's View From Below
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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rock target
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Before-and-After Blink of 'Cumberland' Drilling Animation Icon
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SAM
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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.
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Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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HiRISE
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This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.
PIA16157:
Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries
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THEMIS
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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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CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
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Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
PIA16156:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars
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ChemCam
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
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Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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Mastcam
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called 'Link' pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust.
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Link to a Watery Past
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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.
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Testing for Mars Science Laboratory Descent
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SAM
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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.
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Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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ChemCam
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
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Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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ChemCam
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock. The images were taken by the remote micro-imager camera in the laser-firing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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ChemCam
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
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ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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HiRISE
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These two images come from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Images of locations in Gale Crater taken from orbit around Mars reveal evidence of erosion in recent geological times and development of small scarps, or vertical surfaces
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Erosion Patterns May Guide Mars Rover to Rocks Recently Exposed
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ChemCam
SAM
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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17598:
Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars
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SAM
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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.
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Volatiles Released by Heating Sample Powder from Martian Rock 'Cumberland'
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A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.
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Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has made measurements indicating that the Cumberland rock target the rover drilled in May 2013 has been exposed at the surface for about 80 million years.
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Scarp Retreat Model and Exposure History of 'Yellowknife Bay'
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
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Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover rear hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are the 'pigeon-toed' wheels in their stowed position from
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A View From Below the Rover Deck
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