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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 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
PIA19074:
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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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 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken at a target called 'Whale Rock' within the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19076:
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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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 2015-02-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.
PIA19142:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a blast zone where the sky crane from NASA's Curiosity rover mission hit the ground after setting the rover down in August 2012. The images are from HiRISE on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA19159:
Changes in Scars From 2012 Mars Landing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This March 18, 2015, view from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a network of two-tone mineral veins at an area called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19161:
Prominent Veins at 'Garden City' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.
PIA19162:
Night Close-up of Mineral Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars
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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 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A sweeping panorama combining 33 telephoto images into one Martian vista presents details of several types of terrain visible on Mount Sharp from a location along the route of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19397:
Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This April 16, 2015, panorama from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a detailed view toward two areas, 'Mount Shields' and 'Logan Pass,' on lower Mount Sharp, chosen for close-up inspection in subsequent weeks.
PIA19398:
Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame is from sequence of views NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
PIA19401:
Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view southeastward from NASA's Curiosity's Mastcam shows terrain judged difficult for traversing between the rover and an outcrop in the middle distance where a pale rock unit meets a darker rock unit above it.
PIA19662:
Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site where two different types of bedrock meet on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19676:
Geological Contact Zone Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the surroundings of a site on lower Mount Sharp where the rover spent its 1,000th Martian day, or sol, on Mars.
PIA19679:
Panorama from Curiosity's Sol 1000 Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015.
PIA19818:
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken in mid-September, 2015, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19912:
Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
PIA19839:
Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Prominent mineral veins at the 'Garden City' site examined by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vary in thickness and brightness, as seen in this image from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA19922:
'Garden City' Vein Complex on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.
PIA19928:
Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The dark band in the lower portion of this Martian scene is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' dune field lining the northwestern edge of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.
PIA19929:
Glimpse of 'Bagnold Dunes' Edging Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This is a frame from an animation that flips back and forth between views taken in 2010 and 2014 of a Martian sand dune at the edge of Mount Sharp, documenting dune activity.
PIA20161:
Change Observed in Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rippled surface of the first Martian sand dune ever studied up close fills this view of 'High Dune' from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. This site is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20168:
'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A wheel track left by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover exposes underlying material in a shallow sand sheet in this view from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The site is close to a large sand dune of similarly dark sand grains.
PIA20169:
Rover Track in Sand Sheet Near Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Marias Pass' area where a lower and older geological unit of mudstone.
PIA20174:
'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 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 partway back down a slope it climbed toward 'Marias Pass' on lower Mount Sharp. The image was taken May 22, 2015.
PIA20175:
Area with Silica-Rich Target Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers an area in 'Bridger Basin' that includes the locations where the rover drilled a target called 'Big Sky' on the mission's Sol 1119 (Sept. 29, 2015).
PIA20270:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drilling Area on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes field on Mars. As on Earth, the downwind side of an active sand dune has a steep slope called a slip face.
PIA20281:
Slip Face on Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes on Mars. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA20282:
Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars, Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Combining multiple images, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals fine details of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune.' Sand on this face of the dark dune has cascaded down a slope of about 26 to 28 degrees.
PIA20283:
Mastcam Telephoto of a Martian Dune's Downwind Face
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Patches of Martian sandstone visible in this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have a knobbly texture due to nodules apparently more resistant to erosion than the host rock in which some are still embedded.
PIA20322:
Knobbly Textured Sandstone on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse inside Gale Crater.
PIA20332:
Full-Circle Vista from 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This early-morning view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers a field of view of about 130 degrees of the inner wall of Gale Crater. The rover's location was on the
PIA20333:
Northern Portion of Gale Crater Rim Viewed from 'Naukluft Plateau'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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By monitoring weather throughout two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns such as shown in these graphs of temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure.
PIA20600:
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drilled sample site called 'Okoruso,' on the 'Naukluft Plateau' of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20602:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drilled sample site called 'Okoruso,' on the 'Naukluft Plateau' of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20603:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Two sizes of wind-sculpted ripples are evident in this view from NASA's Curiosity of the top surface of 'Namib Dune' in the Bagnold Dune Field. The larger ripples are a type not seen on Earth nor previously recognized as a distinct type on Mars.
PIA20755:
Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some of the targets for the laser and telescopic camera of the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.
PIA20762:
Autonomous Selection of a Rover's Laser Target on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rock in the foreground at right in this 3D scene is informally named 'Balombo.' The group of boulders is at a site called 'Bimbe.' NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows boulders composed of pebble-size and larger rock fragments.
PIA20836:
Breccia-Conglomerate Rocks on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-31 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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A Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) team member at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland prepares the SAM testbed for an experiment.
PIA19149:
Preparation for Analytical Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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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.
PIA13582:
Test Image of Earth Sand by Mars Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Before NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, the strata exposed in Mount Sharp were compared to those in the Grand Canyon of the western United States, shown here. Scientists are surprised by just how close the similarities are.
PIA16098:
Grand Canyon Similar to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars' Mount Sharp, where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed and is now driving. The images were taken on Earth and have been altered for the illustration.
PIA19078:
Sediment Accumulation in Dry and Wet Periods
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-06 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).
PIA17935:
Curiosity Mars Rover's First Image of Earth and Earth's Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13583:
Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13584:
Test Close-Up of Earth Cobble by Mars Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-16 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This stereo view of terrestrial rocks combines two images taken by a testing twin of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13585:
Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-06 Earth Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.
PIA17936:
Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-24 Ceres Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first image of asteroids taken from the surface of Mars. The image includes two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. This version includes Mars' moon Deimos.
PIA17937:
First Asteroid Image from the Surface of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sunset on Mars catches NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in the foreground in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04893:
Mars Science Laboratory at Sunset (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called 'John Klein.'
PIA16821:
Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory travels near a canyon on Mars in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04892:
Mars Science Laboratory at Canyon (Artist's Concept)
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This picture is an artist's concept portraying what the advanced rover would look like when examining a rock outcrop on Mars
PIA08487:
Mars Science Laboratory at Work (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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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 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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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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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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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.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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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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 This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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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.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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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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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed, wind direction and air temperature; image taken during installation of the instrument inside a clean room at NASA's JPL.
PIA13646:
Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity
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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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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 100 offers telephoto capability.
PIA13018:
Mastcam 100: Longer Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 34 offers wider-angle viewing.
PIA13019:
Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows the test radar affixed to a gimbal mounting at the front of a helicopter, carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13030:
Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
PIA13031:
Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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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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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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