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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 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 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 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 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 2012-09-24 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 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 2012-08-17 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 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 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 2013-02-20 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 2012-02-22 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 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 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
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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 2010-07-05 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2012-08-09 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 2012-11-15 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 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 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
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover. The larger ellipse for the target area has been revised to the smaller ellipse centered nearer to the foot of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.
PIA15685:
Revised Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The landing target area for Curiosity, the big rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, has been revised, reducing the area's size. It also puts the center of the landing area closer to Mount Sharp.
PIA15686:
Altered Landing Target in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The site for NASA's Curiosity rover is near the northern flank of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater on Mars. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15688:
Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity, in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Context 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 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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A stereo landscape scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows at 'Junda' forming striations in the foreground, with Mount Sharp on the horizon. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17948:
Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rocky terrain of 'Rocknest' surrounding it as of its 55th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 1, 2012).
PIA16202:
View on the Way to 'Glenelg'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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HiRISE
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NASA's rover Curiosity appears as a bluish dot near the lower right corner of this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA17080:
View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the afternoon of the first day of landing. In the distance, the image shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater.
PIA15691:
First Color Landscape Image of Mars from Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait. The MAHLI cover was in the closed position in order to inspect the the dust cover.
PIA16149:
Rover Takes Self Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image taken by the MAHLI camera shows a sample of basaltic rock from a lava flow in New Mexico serves as a calibration target carried on the front of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity for the rover's Canadian-made APXS instrument.
PIA16136:
A Piece of New Mexico on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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During pre-flight testing, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the MAHLI calibration target from a distance of 3.94 inches (10 centimeters) away from the target.
PIA15287:
Calibration Target as Seen by Mars Hand Lens Imager
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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During pre-flight testing in March 2011, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the MAHLI calibration target under illumination from MAHLI's two ultraviolet LEDs (light emitting diodes).
PIA15288:
MAHLI Calibration Target in Ultraviolet Light
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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 calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.
PIA16132:
Calibration Target for Curiosity's Arm Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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Gale Crater, where the rover Curiosity of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will land in August 2012, contains a mountain rising from the crater floor.
PIA15101:
Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity carries five cylindrical blocks of organic check material for use in a control experiment if the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory detects any organic compounds in samples of Martian soil or powdered rock.
PIA16135:
Sealed Organic Check Material on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The penny in this image is part of a camera calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The MAHLI camera on the rover took this image of the MAHLI calibration target during the 34th Martian day of Curiosity's work on Mars, Sept. 9, 2012.
PIA16131:
Lincoln Penny on Mars in Camera's Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The MAHLI camera on NASA's Curiosity rover is carried at an angle when the rover's arm is stowed for driving. Still, the camera is able to record views of the terrain Curiosity is crossing in Gale Crater.
PIA17081:
View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images shows a 'bite mark' where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil.
PIA16173:
Curiosity Digs In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This pairing illustrates the first time that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected a scoop of soil on Mars. At right, the ground location 'Rocknest,' at left, after the scoop of sand and dust had been removed.
PIA16226:
First Scoop by Curiosity, Sol 61 Views
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.
PIA16939:
Radiation Measurements During Trip From Earth to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera will fly on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launching in late 2011. This photo of the camera was taken before MAHLI's November 2010 installation onto the robotic arm of the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13581:
Color Camera for Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This is the highest-resolution view that the MAHLI camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired of the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet'; the rock is dark gray and is so fine-grained that MAHLI cannot resolve grains or crystals in it.
PIA14763:
'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Close-Up View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.
PIA14762:
'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View
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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 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.
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Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
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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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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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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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HiRISE
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This 3-D image shows the upcoming science destination for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a region dubbed 'Glenelg,' where three different types of material seen from orbit come together.
PIA16210:
'Glenelg' in 3-D
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MARDI
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This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars. This image shows the inside surface of the heat shield, with its protective multi-layered insulation.
PIA16021:
Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
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MARDI
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This full-resolution color image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows the gravel-covered surface of Mars. It was taken by the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) several minutes after Curiosity touched down on Mars.
PIA16018:
Gravel-Covered Martian Surface
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Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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CheMin
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The semi-precious gem peridot is a variety of olivine. NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or 'fingerprint,' of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals.
PIA16218:
Olivine on Earth
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
Panoramic Camera
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This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars.
PIA16833:
Two Different Aqueous Environments
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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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HiRISE
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After a rocket-powered descent stage, also known as the sky crane, delivered NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), 2012, it flew away and fell to the surface.
PIA16143:
Dissecting the Scene of Sky Crane Crash
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Navcam (MSL)
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In a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay,' the NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove to an edge of the feature to record this view of the ledge at the margin and a view across the 'bay' during the 130th Martian day, or sol, (Dec. 17, 2012).
PIA16562:
At Edge of 'Yellowknife Bay,' Sol 130
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Mastcam
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This image is from a test series used to chacterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012, and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site.
PIA16104:
Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
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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 a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. 3-D glasses are needed.
PIA17063:
Evidence About a Martian Streambed (Stereo)
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Aug. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
PIA16055:
President Obama Phones Mars Rover Team
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Mastcam
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The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the mission's 120th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 7, 2012), to record this view of a rock outcrop informally named 'Shaler.'
PIA16550:
Layered Martian Outcrop 'Shaler' in 'Glenelg' Area
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Mastcam
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This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.
PIA16029:
Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color
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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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Mastcam
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Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this Martian scene recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called
PIA17959:
Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
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CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the upper portion of a wind-blown deposit dubbed 'Rocknest.' At left, colors are unmodified, showing the scene as it would appear on Mars, which has a dusty red-colored atmosphere.
PIA16174:
Wind-Blown Martian Sand
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RAD
REMS
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This graphic shows the daily variations in Martian radiation and atmospheric pressure as measured by NASA's Curiosity rover. As pressure increases, the total radiation dose decreases.
PIA16479:
Daily Cycles of Radiation and Pressure at Gale Crater
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This graphic shows the variation of radiation dose measured by the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Curiosity rover over about 50 sols, or Martian days, on Mars.
PIA16480:
Longer-Term Radiation Variations at Gale Crater
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Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock called
PIA16452:
A Martian Rock Called 'Rocknest 3'
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated.
PIA16765:
Laser Hits on Martian Drill Tailings
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this stereo view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18074:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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This photo mosaic shows the scour mark, dubbed 'Goulburn,' left by the thrusters on the sky crane that helped lower NASA's Curiosity rover to the Red Planet.
PIA16090:
Zapping Rocks Exposed by the Sky Crane's Thrusters
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This is the first 360-degree panoramic view from NASA's Curiosity rover, taken with the Navigation cameras. Mount Sharp is to the right, and the north Gale Crater rim can be seen at center. The rover's body is in the foreground.
PIA16011:
Curiosity Takes It All In
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RAD
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The Radiation Assessment Detector, shown prior to its September 2010 installation onto NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, will aid future human missions to Mars by providing information about the radiation environment on Mars and on the way to Mars.
PIA13580:
Radiation Assessment Detector for Mars Science Laboratory
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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on the mission's 21st Martian day, or sol (Aug. 30, 2012) and then took images with its Navigation Camera that are combined into this scene, which inclues the fresh tracks.
PIA15697:
Looking Back at Tracks from Sol 24 Drive
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REMS
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This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station
PIA16475:
Mountain Winds at Gale Crater
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CHIMRA
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These schematic drawings show a top view and a cutaway view of a section of the drill on NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA16727:
Views of Curiosity's Drill
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Mastcam
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This set of images compares the 'Link' outcrop of rocks on Mars (left) with similar rocks seen on Earth (right). The 'Link' outcrop shows rounded gravel fragments, or clasts, up to a couple inches (few centimeters), within the rock outcrop.
PIA16189:
Rock Outcrops on Mars and Earth
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This collage shows the variety of soils found at landing sites on Mars. The elemental composition of the typical, reddish soils were investigated by NASA's Viking, Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rover missions, and now with the Curiosity rover.
PIA16571:
A Sampling of Martian Soils
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As of June 2012, the target landing area for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is the ellipse marked on this image of Gale Crater. The ellipse is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide (20 kilometers by 7 kilometers).
PIA15687:
Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
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This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases that were released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
PIA16573:
Heating Martian Sand Grains
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