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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama shows the 'Marias Pass' area, at center, and part of the slope that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover climbed to get there, at right.
PIA20266:
Full-Circle View Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows detailed texture of a rock target called 'Elk' on Mars' Mount Sharp.
PIA20267:
Details on Silica-Rich 'Elk' Target near 'Marias Pass'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of discoloration closely linked to fractures in the Stimson formation sandstone on lower Mount Sharp. The pattern is evident along two perpendicular fractures.
PIA20268:
Discolored Fracture Zones in Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals details of a bedrock discoloration pattern at a site between 'Marias Pass' and 'Bridger Basin.' The discoloration is not associated with individual layers.
PIA20269:
Detail of Discoloration Pattern Seen by Curiosity
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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 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The graph at right presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Buckskin' target location, shown at left.
PIA20271:
'Buckskin' Drill Hole and CheMin X-ray Diffraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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The graph at right presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' target locations, shown at left.
PIA20272:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drill Holes and CheMin X-ray Diffraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graph presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Buckskin' and 'Greenhorn' target locations on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20273:
Silica in Opal at 'Buckskin' and 'Greenhorn' on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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The yellow triangles on this graph indicate concentrations of the elements titanium and silicon in selected rock targets with high silica content analyzed by the APXS instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA20274:
Silicon and Titanium Correlation in Selected Rocks at Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover examined both the 'Greenhorn' and 'Big Sky' targets with the rover's Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument.
PIA20275:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Elemental Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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This graph shows the ratio of concentrations of several elements in four different pairs of targets examined by Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instruments on NASA Mars rovers Curiosity and Spirit.
PIA20276:
Alteration Effects at Gale and Gusev Craters
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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 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from NASA's Curiosity rover of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune' on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon. The site is part of the dark-sand 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20284:
Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at 'Namib Dune,' where the rover's activities included scuffing into the dune with a wheel and scooping samples of sand for laboratory analysis.
PIA20316:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used electric lights at night to illuminate this view of Martian sand grains dumped on the ground after sorting with a sieve.
PIA20317:
Night Close-up of Martian Sand Grains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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)
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 2016-03-11 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)
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 2016-04-27 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 2016-04-27 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 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 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 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 2014-02-06 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 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 2014-12-08 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 2014-04-24 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 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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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 2006-05-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to 
compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (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 this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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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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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 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 Laboratoryís 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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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.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alliance Spacesystems are testing the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory roverís robotic arm joints.
PIA12069:
The Rover Gets Strong-Armed
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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)
REMS
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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed, wind direction and air temperature; image taken during installation of the instrument inside a clean room at NASA's JPL.
PIA13646:
Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument of NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in March 2011.
PIA13017:
Sample Image Through Camera Built for Next Mars Rover
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Mastcam
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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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Mastcam
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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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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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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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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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CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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In this picture, the Curiosity rover sports a set of six new wheels. The wheels were installed on June 28 and 29 in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13237:
Wheel Installation
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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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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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Ken Edgett, deputy principal investigator for NASA's Mars Descent Imager, holds a ruler used as a depth-of-field test target. The instrument took this image inside the Malin Space Science Systems clean room in San Diego, CA, during calibration testing.
PIA13281:
Test Image by Mars Descent Imager
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MARDI
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This graphic portrays the sequence of key events in August 2012 from the time the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, enters the Martian atmosphere to a moment after it touches down on the surface.
PIA13282:
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars
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MARDI
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A pocketknife provides scale for this image of the Mars Descent Imager camera; the camera will fly on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif., supplied the camera for the mission.
PIA13283:
Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity
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Mastcam
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Curiosity's 'eyes' (the Mastcam) are shrouded in a silvery material, awaiting their first look around the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover is being built.
PIA13294:
Close-Up View of Curiosity's "Head"
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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