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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Phoenix
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This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.
PIA16731:
Different Tools for Different Purposes on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image is a 3-D view behind NASA's Curiosity rover. The anaglyph was made from a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the rear of the rover. It has been cropped.
PIA16002:
3-D View from Behind Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Light-toned nodules and veins of a patch of sedimentary rock called 'Knorr' are visible in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16792:
Veins and Nodules at 'Knorr' Target in 'Yellowknife Bay' of Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This raw image of 'Tintina,' a broken rock fragment in a rover wheel track, was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA16795:
Rock "Tintina" Exposes "Yellowknife Bay" Vein Material
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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 center of the white box.
PIA15980:
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
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Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
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Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14302:
Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This drawing of the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, indicates the location of science instruments and some other tools on the car-size rover.
PIA14304:
Diverse Science Payload on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.
PIA16106:
Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This chart shows increases in the volume of data coming back from NASA's Mars Curiosity over recent sols. New capabilities of the 'Electra' relay-radios on MRO and Curiosity have greatly increased the volume of data the rover is sending back from Mars.
PIA16107:
Curiosity Speaks Volumes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
PIA16730:
Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an artist's animation shows how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth via two of NASA's Mars orbiters, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey.
PIA15965:
Communicating with Curiosity (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
PIA16006:
Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image taken from a video clip, NASA's Curiosity rover's wheels are shown hoisted on a pink crane and moving closer to the rover's body. Video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13238:
New Wheels (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an artist's animation shows how NASA how orbiters over Mars will monitor the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover as it speeds towards its Martian landing site in Gale Crater.
PIA15966:
Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video clip shows moments during a demonstration of drilling into a rock at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., with a test double of the Mars rover Curiosity. The drill combines hammering and rotation motions of the bit.
PIA16733:
Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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Measurements with the MSL's RAD on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the flight to Mars and now on the surface of Mars enable an estimate of the radiation astronauts would be exposed to on an expedition to Mars.
PIA17601:
Radiation Exposure Comparisons with Mars Trip Calculation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an artist's animation depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
PIA15967:
Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A sampling pit exposing clay-bearing lake sediments, deposited in a basaltic basin in southern Australia -- a modern terrestrial analog to the 'Yellowknife Bay' area that NASA's Curiosity rover is exploring.
PIA16831:
An Earth Analog to Mars' Yellowknife Bay
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired close-up views of sands in the 'Rocknest' wind drift to document the nature of the material that the rover scooped, sieved and delivered to the CheMin and SAM instruments in October and November 2012.
PIA16570:
Windblown Sand from the 'Rocknest' Drift
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.
PIA16003:
3-D View from the Front of Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view shows Curiosity's heat shield, which helped the rover survive the harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, on the surface of Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after landing.
PIA15997:
Final Resting Spot for Curiosity's Heat Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows darkened radial jets caused by the impact of Curiosity's sky crane, which helped deliver the rover to the surface of Mars.
PIA15999:
Signs of the Sky Crane's Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view shows NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. The image was captured by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the rover made its grand appearance on Mars.
PIA16000:
Curiosity Spotted!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This imagery is being released in association with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This is a temporary caption to be replaced as soon as more information is available.
PIA16094:
Rover Takes Its First 'Steps'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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Micrograys are unit of measurement for absorbed radiation dose. The vertical axis is in micrograys per day. The RAD instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover monitors the natural radiation environment at the surface of Mars.
PIA17600:
Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows a high-resolution view of an area that is known as Goulburn Scour, a set of rocks blasted by the engines of Curiosity's descent stage on Mars.
PIA16187:
Best View of Goulburn Scour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or
PIA16147:
Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from an animiation of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the comet passed near the red planet on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA19043:
Mars Curiosity Rover Views Comet Siding Spring Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flying over NASA's Curiosity (shown in pink) as the rover lands on the Red Planet.
PIA15964:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Flying Over Mars Animation Icon
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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 stereo anaglyph shows the parachute and back shell that helped guide NASA's Curiosity to the surface of Mars. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA16209:
Parachute and Back Shell in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
PIA17069:
Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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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 view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. The site offers a diversity of rock types exposed close together.
PIA18073:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The mission's science team assessed the bright particles in this scooped pit to be native Martian material rather than spacecraft debris as seen in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity as it collected its second scoop of Martian soil.
PIA16233:
Bright Particle in Hole Dug by Scooping of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16041:
Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. This image let researchers know that the APXS instrument had not become caked with dust during Curiosity's landing.
PIA16160:
Portrait of APXS on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
PIA15095:
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being lifted during assembly of the spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15020:
Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is prepared for final integration into the complete NASA spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15021:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Closeout
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The 'powered descent vehicle' of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final integration into the spacecraft's back shell in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15023:
Integrating Powered Descent Vehicle with Back Shell of Mars Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover rear hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are the 'pigeon-toed' wheels in their stowed position from
PIA16061:
A View From Below the Rover Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This image, made by the quadrupole mass spectrometer in the SAM suite of instruments in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. shows the ratio of the argon isotope argon-36 to the heavier argon isotope argon-38, in various measurements.
PIA16818:
Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
PIA16910:
Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
PIA16911:
Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock. The images were taken by the remote micro-imager camera in the laser-firing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam).
PIA16819:
Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
PIA17593:
ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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These two images come from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Images of locations in Gale Crater taken from orbit around Mars reveal evidence of erosion in recent geological times and development of small scarps, or vertical surfaces
PIA17597:
Erosion Patterns May Guide Mars Rover to Rocks Recently Exposed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17598:
Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This image graphs four gases released ('evolved') when powdered rock from the target rock 'Cumberland' was heated inside the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17599:
Volatiles Released by Heating Sample Powder from Martian Rock 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.
PIA17602:
Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has made measurements indicating that the Cumberland rock target the rover drilled in May 2013 has been exposed at the surface for about 80 million years.
PIA17604:
Scarp Retreat Model and Exposure History of 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called 'Cumberland.'
PIA19089:
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the 'Cumberland' rock sample and amounts of it in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19090:
Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Samples Analyzed by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Spacecraft specialists test the descent stage and rover of the Mars Science Laboratory in this scene from the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14308:
Testing for Mars Science Laboratory Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called 'Link' pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust.
PIA16188:
Link to a Watery Past
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
PIA15104:
Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 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 the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
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Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
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Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
THEMIS
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the 'John Klein' rock.
PIA16832:
Location of John Klein Drill Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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HiRISE
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This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.
PIA16157:
Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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An analysis of a drilled rock sample from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the presence of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide released on heating.
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Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rock target
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Before-and-After Blink of 'Cumberland' Drilling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover front hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are are the 'pigeon-toed' the wheels.
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Curiosity's View From Below
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SAM
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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Shooting Lasers
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin.
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Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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A section of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Gale Crater landing site is shown, with a representative path from the landing location toward the layered mound to the south.
PIA15107:
Studying a Wider Swath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.
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Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
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Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of views illustrates capabilities of the Mast Camera (MastCam) instrument on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, using a scene on Earth as an example of what MastCam's two cameras can see from different distances.
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Illustrating MastCam Capabilities with a Terrestrial Scene
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The distant blob seen in the view on left, taken by a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, may be a cloud created during the crash of the rover's descent stage.
PIA16042:
Witnessing the Descent Stage Crash?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
Mastcam
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This image shows the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on the 32nd Martian day, or sol, of operations on the surface.
PIA16161:
Hello, MAHLI
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MAHLI
Panoramic Camera
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This set of images shows the results from the rock abrasion tool from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (left) and the drill from NASA's Curiosity rover (right).
PIA16834:
Studying Habitability in Ancient Martian Environments
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The red 'X' marks the spot where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. This is well within the targeted landing region, called the landing 

ellipse, marked by the light blue line.
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Zeroing in on Rover's Landing Site
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ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft has been fully stacked for flight in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in October 2011.
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Mars Science Laboratory Stacked Spacecraft
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ChemCam
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the ChemCam instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
PIA16922:
Accurate Pointing by Curiosity
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ChemCam
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called 'laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,' which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument onboard NASA's rover, Curiosity, will use on Mars.
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Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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SAM
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NASA's Curiosity rover has detected the simple carbon-containing compounds chloro- and dichloromethane from the powdered rock sample extracted from the 'John Klein' rock on Mars.
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Chlorinated Forms of Methane at "John Klein" Site
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The cruise stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final stacking of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Stage
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
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Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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SAM
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This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
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Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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SAM
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
PIA19091:
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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CHIMRA
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.
PIA16729:
First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
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Mars is kept company by two cratered moons -- an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos.
PIA17305:
The Moons of Mars
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Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill from the 'Confidence Hills' target -- the first rock drilled after Curiosity reached the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.
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'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s 'clean room.'
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So Happy Together Animation Icon
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The lower portion of a mountain inside Gale crater on Mars contains layers that may be examined by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. A landing site in Gale, close to the foot of the mountain, has been selected for the mission.
PIA14306:
Attractions in Layers of Mountain Inside Gale Crater
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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's 'head' or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
PIA16013:
Curiosity's New Home
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ChemCam
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As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is progressing toward Mount Sharp, researchers are using the rover's RIM and ChemCam instruments to examine soils and rocks in Gale Crater.
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Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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SAM
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This graph shows the percentage abundance of five gases in the atmosphere of Mars, as measured by the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer instrument of the SAM instrument suite onboard Curiosity.
PIA16460:
The Five Most Abundant Gases in the Martian Atmosphere
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The area in and near the landing site selected for landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory offers a diversity of possible targets for examination by the mission's rover, Curiosity.
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Attractions for Study in and near Curiosity's Selected Landing Site
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