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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory aeroshell capsule as it enters the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover and the spacecraft's descent stage are safely tucked inside the aeroshell at this point.
PIA14833:
Curiosity Inside Aeroshell, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows thrusters firing during the entry, descent and landing phase for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission to Mars.
PIA14834:
Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts the interaction of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the upper atmosphere of Mars during the entry, descent and landing of the Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
PIA14835:
Deceleration of Mars Science Laboratory in Martian Atmosphere, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept is of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover parachute system; the largest parachute ever built to fly on a planetary mission. The parachute is attached to the top of the backshell portion of the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14836:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Curiosity rover tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's backshell while the spacecraft is descending on a parachute toward Mars. Here, the spacecraft's heat shield has already been jettisoned.
PIA14837:
Curiosity While on Parachute, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 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 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'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 2015-04-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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A view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 8, 2015, catches sight of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover passing through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' on the lower slope of Mount Sharp.
PIA19392:
Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward.
PIA19163:
Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.
PIA18783:
'Murray Buttes' Mesa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.
PIA18784:
Bands on the 'Murray Formation'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19387:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-15 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the variation of radiation dose measured by the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Curiosity rover over about 50 sols, or Martian days, on Mars.
PIA16480:
Longer-Term Radiation Variations at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock called
PIA16452:
A Martian Rock Called 'Rocknest 3'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp.
PIA19072:
Sol 696 (July 22, 2014), Left
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19081:
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. This type of rock can form under a lake.
PIA19075:
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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Curiosity's Russian-made instrument for checking hydration levels in the ground beneath the rover detected an unusually high amount at a site near 'Marias Pass,' prompting repeated passes over the area to map the hydrogen amounts.
PIA19809:
Curiosity Finds Hydrogen-Rich Area of Mars Subsurface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases that were released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
PIA16573:
Heating Martian Sand Grains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover looks south of the rover's landing site on Mars towards Mount Sharp. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16053:
Destination Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graphic presents results from APXS onboard NASA's rover Curiosity, with the comparisons simplified across diverse elements by dividing the amount of each element measured in the rocks by the amount of the same element in a local soil.
PIA16791:
Elemental Compositions of 'Yellowknife Bay' Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior.
PIA19071:
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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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 scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.
PIA18083:
'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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This computer-generated view based on multiple orbital observations shows Mars' Gale crater. NASA is considering Gale as a possible landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
PIA14291:
Oblique view of Gale Crater from the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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This computer-generated view based on multiple orbital observations shows Mars' Gale crater as if seen from an aircraft northwest of the crater. NASA has selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
PIA14292:
Oblique view of Gale Crater from the Northwest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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This oblique, southward-looking view of Gale crater shows the mound of layered rocks that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will investigate. The mission's selected landing site is just north of the mound inside the crater.
PIA14294:
Context of Curiosity Landing Site in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
THEMIS
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This oblique view of Gale crater shows the landing site and the mound of layered rocks that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will investigate. The landing site is in the smooth area in front of the mound.
PIA14295:
Canyons on Mountain Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This oblique view of Gale crater shows the landing site and the mound of layered rocks that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will investigate. The landing site is in the smooth area in front of the mound.
PIA14296:
Lower Portion of Mound Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mars scientists have several important hypotheses about how these minerals may reflect changes in the amount of water on the surface of Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full suite of instruments to study these minerals.
PIA14297:
Rock Layers in Lower Mound in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This oblique view of the mound in Gale crater shows several different rock types of interest to the Mars Science Laboratory mission. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full instrument suite to study these minerals and how they form
PIA14298:
Rock Types in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This is a portion of the first color 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity showing the rover's a mountain at the center of Gale Crater called Mount Sharp, can be seen in the distance, to the left, beginning to rise up.
PIA16032:
Mount Sharp on the Horizon
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Mastcam
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This cut-out from a color panorama image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. It comes from the left side of the thumbnail panorama obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16034:
A Set of Blast Marks in Color, Left Side
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Mastcam
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This cut-out from a color panorama image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. It comes from the right side of the thumbnail panorama obtained the Mast Camera.
PIA16035:
A Set of Blast Marks in Color, Right Side
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Mastcam
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called 'Darwin' on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
PIA19083:
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Mastcam
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Curiosity's 'eyes' (the Mastcam) are shrouded in a silvery material, awaiting their first look around the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover is being built.
PIA13294:
Close-Up View of Curiosity's "Head"
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Mastcam
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the 'Pahrump Hills' region on Mars.
PIA18476:
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
PIA15984:
Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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In this picture, the Curiosity rover sports a set of six new wheels. The wheels were installed on June 28 and 29 in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
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Wheel Installation
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the scene from the rover's position on the 376th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Aug. 27, 2013).
PIA17354:
View Ahead After Curiosity's Sol 376 Drive Using Autonomous Navigation
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Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.
PIA15683:
Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars
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Mastcam
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Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument of NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in March 2011.
PIA13017:
Sample Image Through Camera Built for Next Mars Rover
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and tracks from its driving are visible in this view from orbit, acquired on April 11, 2014, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA18081:
Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
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MAHLI
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The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.
PIA17751:
Left-Front Wheel of Curiosity Rover, Approaching Three Miles
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HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA16019:
A Better Look of the Martian Surface Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014.
PIA17930:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap'
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MAHLI
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This image demonstrates how engineers place the drill carried by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity onto rock targets. They first set down the drill's two stabilizing prongs near the target, as shown by the dashed line.
PIA17067:
Checking Contact Points for Curiosity's Drill
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MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from a rock target called 'Buckskin' on July 30, 2015, during the 1060th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The diameter is slightly smaller than a U.S. dime.
PIA19804:
Hole at 'Buckskin' Drilled Days Before Landing Anniversary
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This image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.
PIA17066:
Concretions at 'Cumberland'
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Ken Edgett, deputy principal investigator for NASA's Mars Descent Imager, holds a ruler used as a depth-of-field test target. The instrument took this image inside the Malin Space Science Systems clean room in San Diego, CA, during calibration testing.
PIA13281:
Test Image by Mars Descent Imager
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MAHLI
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This image contributed to an interpretation by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity science team that some of the bright particles on the ground near the rover are native Martian material.
PIA16229:
Bright Particle of Martian Origin in Scoop Hole
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This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.
PIA17365:
Mars Hand Lens Imager Sends Ultra High-Res Photo from Mars
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This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.
PIA19105:
Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
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Test Image of Earth Sand by Mars Camera
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.
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Check-up Image After Delivering Martian Rock Powder
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An in-flight camera check produced this out-of-focus image when NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft turned on illumination sources that are part of the Curiosity rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument.
PIA15294:
Camera Test on Curiosity During Flight to Mars
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graph compares the elemental composition of typical soils at three landing regions on Mars: Gusev Crater, from Spirit; Meridiani Planum, from Opportunity; and now Gale Crater, where NASA's newest Curiosity rover is currently investigating.
PIA16572:
Inspecting Soils Across Mars
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This plot shows the first-ever look at the deuterium to hydrogen ratio measured from the surface of Mars, as detected by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16574:
Atmospheric Loss on Mars
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected sulfur, chlorine, and oxygen compounds in fine grains scooped by the rover at a wind drift site called 'Rocknest.' The grains were heated and analyzed using the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite.
PIA16575:
Signs of Perchlorates and Sulfur Containing Compounds
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The first examinations of Martian soil by the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show no definitive detection of Martian organic molecules at this point.
PIA16576:
Chlorinated Compounds at 'Rocknest'
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'Et-Then' is located near the rover's front left wheel, where the rover has been stationed while scooping soil at the site called 'Rocknest' in this image from NASA's Curiosity spacecraft.
PIA16236:
Rock 'Et-Then' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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MAHLI
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This image from the MAHLI camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows details of rock texture and color in an area where the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT) brushed away dust that was on the rock.
PIA16566:
Close-up of Brushed Area on Martian Rock Target 'Ekwir_1'
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The bit in the rotary-percussion drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark in a target patch of rock called 'John Klein' during a test on Feb. 2, 2013, in preparation for the first drilling of a rock by the rover.
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Preparatory Test for First Rock Drilling by Mars Rover Curiosity
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled into this rock target,
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'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity
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MAHLI
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A Martian rock in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars' Gale Crater is illuminated by white-light light emitting diodes is part of the first set of nighttime images taken by the MAHLI camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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MAHLI's First Night Imaging of Martian Rock, White Lighting
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