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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Context Camera
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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NASA's Curiosity rover landed in the Martian crater known as Gale Crater, which is approximately the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. A green dot shows where the rover landed, well within its targeted landing ellipse, outlined in blue.
PIA16058:
Curiosity Cradled by Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This figure shows the location of CHIMRA on the turret of NASA's Curiosity rover, together with a cutaway view of the device. CHIMRA processes samples from the rover's scoop or drill and delivers them to science instruments.
PIA16691:
Preparing Samples on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim, showing evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found ancient streams, deltas and lakes.
PIA19080:
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spans 360 degrees, centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at
PIA18069:
Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this stereo scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18084:
Stereo View of 'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree, full-resolution panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the area all around the rover within Gale Crater on Mars. The rover's deck is to the left and far right.
PIA16026:
Crisp View from Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree image shows a complete, full-resolution panorama around NASA's Curiosity rover. The pointy rim of Gale Crater can be seen as a lighter strip along top right of the image. The base of Mount Sharp can be seen along top left.
PIA16074:
All Around Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of Curiosity's deck shows a plaque bearing several signatures of US officials, including that of President Obama and Vice President Biden. The image was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).
PIA15883:
President's Signature Onboard Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The view from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity covers a full 360 degrees, centered toward the south, with north at both the left and right ends. Nearer the horizon is a sand dune at a location called 'Dingo Gap'.
PIA17763:
Full-Circle Vista During Curiosity's Approach to 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 2013-12-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The rock-studded terrain NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has traversed since October 2013 appears to have accelerated the pace of wear and tear on the rover's wheels. Future drives may be charted to cross smoother ground where available.
PIA17581:
Rocky Mars Ground Where Curiosity Has Been Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Observations at large scales, such as panoramas of Martian landscapes, help researchers identify smaller-scale features of special interest for examination in more detail.
PIA17275:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Large Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Panoramic Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This small ridge, about 3 feet long, appears to resist wind erosion more than the flatter plates around it. Such differences are among the traits NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining at selected rock targets at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18880:
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 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.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
PIA17276:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 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.
PIA13030:
Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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On March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. Multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments.
PIA19069:
Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The development of the Mars rover Curiosity's capabilities for drilling into a rock on Mars required years of development work. Seen here are some of the rocks used in bit development testing and lifespan testing at JPL in 2007.
PIA16732:
Preparation on Earth for Drilling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover; the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters).
PIA16092:
Curiosity's First Track Marks on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater, from a perspective in Yellowknife Bay looking toward west-northwest.
PIA17603:
Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image depicts how a mountain inside a Mars' Gale Crater might have formed. At left, the crater fills with layers of sediment. Yellow is for deposits in alluvial fans, deltas, and drifts during both wet and dry periods.
PIA19079:
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image (cut out from a mosaic) shows the view from the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover toward the lower reaches of Mount Sharp, where Curiosity is likely to begin its ascent through hundreds of feet (meters) of layered deposits.
PIA16068:
The Promised Land
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spans 360 degrees, centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at
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Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image combines photographs taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at three different distances from the first Martian rock that NASA's Curiosity rover touched with its arm.
PIA16221:
Mars Hand Lens Imager Nested Close-Ups of Rock 'Jake Matijevic'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation camera. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen at upper right.
PIA16062:
Bird's Eye View of Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image taken by the Mast Camera (MastCam) on NASA's Curiosity rover highlights the interesting geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed.
PIA16099:
Getting to Know Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has driven within robotic-arm's reach of the sandstone slab at the center of this view.
PIA18087:
Sandstone Target 'Windjana' May Be Next Martian Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Before NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, the strata exposed in Mount Sharp were compared to those in the Grand Canyon of the western United States, shown here. Scientists are surprised by just how close the similarities are.
PIA16098:
Grand Canyon Similar to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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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 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view combining images taken on Feb. 10, 2014, by the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks back to where the rover crossed a dune at 'Dingo Gap' four days earlier. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17951:
Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.
PIA16012:
Rover's Self Portrait
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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 2012-08-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, Curiosity, has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
PIA17766:
Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the three left wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images that were taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 34th Martian day, or sol, on Mars (Sept. 9, 2012).
PIA16134:
Wheels and a Destination
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This set of images shows the similarity of sulfate-rich veins seen on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover to sulfate-rich veins seen on Earth.
PIA16617:
Veins in Rocks on Mars and Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 2, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity.
PIA15962:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 2, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Oct. 28, 2008, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15963:
Mars Weather Map, 2008
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15968:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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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 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows an analysis of the composition of two rocks called 'Crest' and 'Rapitan' in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars
PIA16616:
Signs of Hydrated Calcium Sulfates in Martian Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 100 offers telephoto capability.
PIA13018:
Mastcam 100: Longer Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 34 offers wider-angle viewing.
PIA13019:
Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image on with its Hazcam just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.
PIA17279:
One Down, Many Kilometers to Go
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-06 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.
PIA17936:
Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image shows a closer view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and a destination nearby known as Glenelg. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the blue dot.
PIA16065:
Glenelg Intrigue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the small white box at center.
PIA15983:
Curiosity Flying Over Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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)
REMS
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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 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 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic.' The red dots are where ChemCam zapped the rock with its laser.
PIA16192:
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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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 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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At different locations on the surface of the same rock, scientists can use the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to measure the amount of reflected light at a series of different wavelengths.
PIA16793:
Indication of Hydration in Veins and Nodules of 'Knorr' in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.
PIA18785:
Geological Transition
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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 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.
PIA18782:
Geologic Cross-Section
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17361:
Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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HiRISE
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This color-enhanced view of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors.
PIA16057:
Curiosity in Exaggerated Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken at a target called 'Whale Rock' within the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19076:
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now.
PIA19068:
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley'
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 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 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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SAM
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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 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the 'Amargosa Valley,' on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is headed toward the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop.
PIA18473:
Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-31 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17769:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover is slated to land on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The red oval indicates the targeted landing area for the rover known as the 'landing ellipse.'
PIA15956:
Topographic Map of Curiosity Landing Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image shows the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and destinations scientists want to investigate. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the green dot, within the Yellowknife quadrangle.
PIA16064:
Martian Treasure Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).
PIA16148:
Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 29
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012). The route starts where the rover touched down, a site subsequently named Bradbury Landing.
PIA16153:
Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43
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This map shows where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven since landing at a site subsequently named 'Bradbury Landing,' and traveling to an overlook position near beside 'Point Lake,' in drives totaling 1,703 feet (519 meters).
PIA16577:
Curiosity Rover's Traverse, August through November 2012
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This map traces where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove between landing at a site subsequently named 'Bradbury Landing,' and the position reached during the mission's 123rd Martian day, or sol, (Aug. 10, 2012).
PIA16459:
Curiosity Traverse Map, Sol 123
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This map traces where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove between landing at a site subsequently named 'Bradbury Landing,' where the rover entered a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' on Sol 125 (Dec.12).
PIA16554:
Curiosity Traverse Map, Sol 130
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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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 2013-05-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the location of 'Cumberland,' the second rock-drilling target for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, in relation to the rover's first drilling target, 'John Klein,' within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay.'
PIA16926:
'Cumberland' Selected as Curiosity's Second Drilling Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity landed in August 2012 at 'Bradbury Landing.' All of these features are inside Gale Crater. Curiosity's next major destination, the entry point to the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA17064:
From 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The mapped area is within Gale Crater, and north of Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater.
PIA17085:
Full Curiosity Traverse Passes One-Mile Mark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.
PIA17355:
Curiosity's Progress on Route from 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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CTX
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This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The base map combines image data from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and color information from Viking Orbiter imagery.
PIA17596:
Possible Extent of Ancient Lake in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This map shows the route that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove inside Gale Crater from its landing in August 2013 through Jan. 26, 2004. The rover is approaching a gap between two low scarps, 'Dingo Gap.'
PIA17765:
Traverse Map for Mars Rover Curiosity as of Jan. 26, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This map shows the route driven and route planned for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from before reaching 'Dingo Gap' in upper right, to the mission's next science waypoint, 'Kimberley' (formerly referred to as 'KMS-9'), lower left.
PIA17946:
Map of Recent and Planned Driving by Curiosity as of Feb. 18, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars in its approach to and April 1, 2014, arrival at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley,' which rover team scientists chose in 2013 as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
PIA18075:
Map of Curiosity Mars Rover's Drives to 'the Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 (the start of the line in upper right) to a major waypoint called 'the Kimberley'.
PIA18076:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to nearly the completion of its first Martian year. The white line shows the planned route ahead.
PIA18391:
Curiosity's Progress on Route to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from its landing site at 'Bradbury Landing.' The white line shows the planned route to reach destinations on Mount Sharp. Sol 669 will complete one Martian year.
PIA18392:
Curiosity Rover's Traverse, First 663 Sols on Mars
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