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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to its location in early March 2016, approaching a geological waypoint called Naukluft Plateau.
PIA20166:
New Waypoint, Science Team Newcomers for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view from NASA's Curiosity shows nodules exposed in sandstone that is part of the Stimson geological unit on Mount Sharp, Mars. The nodules can be seen to consist of grains of sand cemented together.
PIA20323:
Nodules of Cemented Sand Grains Within Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The nodule in the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows individual grains of sand and (on the right) laminations from the sandstone deposit in which the nodule formed.
PIA20324:
Sandstone Nodule Beside 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover uses the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the rover's arm to check the condition of the wheels at routine intervals.
PIA20334:
Routine Inspection of Rover Wheel Wear and Tear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By repeated measurements of the concentration of methane in the atmosphere at Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected long-term variation in background levels below one part per billion.
PIA20601:
Methane Background Levels at Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This graphic maps locations of the first 14 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock or soil samples for analysis by laboratory instruments inside the vehicle.
PIA20748:
Curiosity's First 14 Rock or Soil Sampling Sites on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This scene shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a location called 'Windjana,' where the rover found rocks containing manganese-oxide minerals.
PIA20752:
NASA's Curiosity at Site of Clues About Ancient Oxygen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover began close-up investigation of a target called 'Marimba,' on lower Mount Sharp, during the week preceding the fourth anniversary of the mission's dramatic sky-crane landing.
PIA20764:
Curiosity's Arm Over 'Marimba' Target on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called 'Murray Buttes' on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20765:
Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rim of Gale Crater is visible in the distance, through the dusty haze, in this view of NASA's Curiosity rover of a sloping hillside on Mount Sharp.
PIA21041:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows sloping buttes and layered outcrops within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21042:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21043:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21044:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a hillside outcrop with layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21045:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
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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.
PIA16156:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
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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)
THEMIS
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NASA has selected Gale crater as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. This view of Gale is a mosaic of observations from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
PIA14290:
Gale Crater: Future Home of Mars Rover Curiosity
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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
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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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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 2012-08-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image is the first high-resolution color mosaic from NASA's Curiosity rover, showing the geological environment around the rover's landing site in Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA16051:
First High-Resolution Color Mosaic of Curiosity's Mastcam Images
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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 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 2012-08-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This frame from a video shows an engineering test for NASA's Curiosity rover. During the test, the clear dust covers on the Hazard-Avoidance cameras were popped off.
PIA15961:
Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Animation Icon
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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 2012-08-04 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 2012-08-04 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 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 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 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree, full-resolution panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the area all around the rover within Gale Crater on Mars. The rover's deck is to the left and far right.
PIA16026:
Crisp View from Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater, the location on Mars where the rover landed. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16052:
Wall of Gale Crater
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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 2012-08-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows an area excavated by the blast of the Mars Science Laboratory's descent stage rocket engines. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16054:
Exposed by Rocket Engine Blasts
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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 (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. The calibration target is one square and a group of nine circles that look dark in the black-and-white image.
PIA16069:
Readying ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This close-up image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap with its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. The instrument will analyze that spark with a telescope and identify the chemical elements in the target.
PIA16073:
Curiosity's First Rock Star, Up-Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the turret of tools at the end of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16085:
End of Curiosity's Extended Arm, Full-Resolution
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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 2012-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color panorama shows a 360-degree view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover, including the highest part of Mount Sharp visible to the rover.
PIA16101:
Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
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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 series of test images to calibrate the 34-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.
PIA16103:
Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
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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 2012-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.
PIA16105:
Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 3D image from NASA's Curiosity was taken from the rover's Bradbury Landing site inside Gale Crater, Mars. Between the rover on the right, and its shadow on the left, looms the rover's eventual target: Mount Sharp.
PIA16140:
3-D View from Bradbury Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a close-up view looking toward the 'Glenelg' area. One terrain type is light-toned with well-developed layering, which likely records the deposition of sedimentary materials.
PIA16150:
Dark Bands Run Through Light Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the view looking toward the 'Glenelg' area, where three different terrain types come together.
PIA16154:
On the Road to Glenelg
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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 2012-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a video shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The material vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground.
PIA16224:
Curiosity's First Scoop of Mars, in Vibration Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic.' The red dots are where ChemCam zapped the rock with its laser.
PIA16192:
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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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 2012-11-20 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 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock called 'Rocknest 3' combines four images taken by the right-eye camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument. The image has been white-balanced to show what the rock would look like if it were on Earth.
PIA16452:
A Martian Rock Called 'Rocknest 3'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The image, which has been white-balanced to show what the rocks and soils in it would look like if they were on Earth, is a mosaic of images taken at a site called 'Rocknest' while NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was working.
PIA16453:
Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic from NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, shows the first four of five places from which the rover's scoop obtained sand to clean the sample handling and processing system.
PIA16468:
Curiosity's 'Rocknest' Workplace
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This is a view of the third (left) and fourth (right) trenches made by the 1.6-inch-wide (4-centimeter-wide) scoop on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in October 2012 and shows some of the details regarding the properties of the 'Rocknest' wind drift sand.
PIA16469:
Scoop Marks in the Sand at 'Rocknest'
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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 2012-12-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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These images from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show several impact scars on Mars made by pieces of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that the spacecraft shed just before entering the Martian atmosphere.
PIA16456:
Impact Scars from MSL Cruise Stage and Two Balance Weights
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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 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16567:
'John Klein' Site Selected for Curiosity's Drill Debut
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this contextual view of the vicinity of the location called 'John Klein,' selected as Curiosity's first drilling site.
PIA16568:
Diversity in Vicinity of Curiosity's First Drilling Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this view of the lower stratigraphy at 'Yellowknife Bay' inside Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA16569:
'Yellowknife Bay' Veins and Concretions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The 'Shaler' outcrop is dramatically layered, as seen in this mosaic of telephoto images from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16700:
Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120
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Mastcam
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From a position in the shallow 'Yellowknife Bay' depression, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its right Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the telephoto images combined into this panorama of geological diversity.
PIA16701:
View from Inside 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Mastcam
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This wide view of the 'John Klein' location selected for the first rock drilling by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is a mosaic taken by Curiosity's right Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA16702:
Neighborhood for Curiosity's First Drilling Campaign
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Mastcam
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This image of an outcrop at the 'Sheepbed' locality, taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows well-defined veins filled with whitish minerals, interpreted as calcium sulfate.
PIA16705:
Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop
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Mastcam
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This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows roughly spherical features.
PIA16706:
Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Mastcam
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This image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows inclined layering known as cross-bedding in an outcrop called 'Shaler.'
PIA16707:
'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow
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ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows close-ups of light-toned veins in rocks in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars together with analyses of their composition.
PIA16615:
Calcium-Rich Veins in Martian Rocks
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MARDI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the great diversity of grains found on the surface of a Martian rock.
PIA16618:
Texture of 'Gillespie Lake' Rock
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Navcam (MSL)
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In the center foreground, NASA's Curiosity rover's arm holds the tool turret above a target called 'Wernecke' on the 'John Klein' patch of pale-veined mudstone.
PIA16847:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp (Raw)
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MAHLI
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The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by NASA's Curiosity. This self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.
PIA16763:
Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site
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Mastcam
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the images combined into this mosaic of the drill area, called 'John Klein,' where the rover ultimately performed its first sample drilling.
PIA16686:
Investigating Curiosity's Drill Area
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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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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) 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.
PIA16687:
Zapped, Martian Rock
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CHIMRA
Mastcam
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This image shows the location of the 150-micrometer sieve screen on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a device used to remove larger particles from samples before delivery to science instruments.
PIA16688:
Sifting Martian Samples
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CHIMRA
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NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.
PIA16729:
First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
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CheMin
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These images, made from data obtained by Curiosity's CheMin, show the patterns obtained from a drift of windblown dust and sand called 'Rocknest' and from a powdered rock sample drilled from the 'John Klein' bedrock.
PIA16830:
Minerals at 'Rocknest' and 'John Klein'
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-caused changes in the parachute of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the chute lay on the Martian ground during months after its use in safe landing of the Curiosity rover.
PIA16813:
MSL's Parachute Flapping in the Wind Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded.
PIA16815:
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles
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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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Navcam (MSL)
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The left and right eyes of the Navigation Camera (Navcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took the dozens of images combined into this 3-D scene of the rover and its surroundings.
PIA16925:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp
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Mastcam
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'Cumberland' has been selected as the second target for drilling by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The rover has the capability to collect powdered material from inside the target rock and analyze that powder with laboratory instruments.
PIA16927:
'Cumberland' Target for Drilling by Curiosity Mars Rover
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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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MAHLI
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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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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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Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).
PIA17068:
Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity was taken by the right (telephoto-lens) camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the rover during the 193rd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 20, 2013) in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17071:
'Point Lake' Outcrop in Gale Crater
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ChemCam
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
PIA17262:
Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This mosaic view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows textural characteristics and shapes of an outcrop called 'Point Lake.' The outcrop is about 20 inches (half a meter) high and pockmarked with holes.
PIA17268:
Puzzling 'Point Lake' Outcrop Revisited
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Hazcam (MSL)
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Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013 taken by NASA's Mars rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam).
PIA17084:
Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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An outcrop visible as light-toned streaks in the lower center of this image has been chosen as a place for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to study for a few days in September 2013.
PIA17360:
'Darwin' Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1' of Curiosity's trek to Mount Sharp
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Mastcam
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The rock 'Ithaca' is shown here with a rougher lower texture and smoother texture on top, and appears to be a piece of the local sedimentary bedrock protruding from the surrounding soil in Gale Crater as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17592:
Target Rock 'Ithaca' in Gale Crater, Mars
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Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Curiosity shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets 'John Klein' and 'Cumberland'.
PIA17595:
View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites
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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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Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, Curiosity, has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
PIA17766:
Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock target called /Harrison' merges images from two cameras onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to provide both color and microscopic detail. The elongated crystals are likely feldspars, and the matrix is pyroxene-dominated.
PIA17768:
Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
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Mastcam
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This view combines several frames taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, looking into a valley to the west from the eastern side of a dune at the eastern end of the valley.
PIA17931:
Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route
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Mastcam
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This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014).
PIA17944:
Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
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