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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
PIA17593:
ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Since landing on Mars in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has fired the laser on its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument more than 100,000 times at rock and soil targets up to about 23 feet (7 meters) away.
PIA17591:
Target for 100,000th Laser Shot by Curiosity on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The low ridge that appears as a dark band below the horizon in the center of this scene is a Martian outcrop called 'Cooperstown,' a possible site for contact inspection with tools on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17580:
Curiosity's View of "Cooperstown" Outcrop on Route to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.
PIA17365:
Mars Hand Lens Imager Sends Ultra High-Res Photo from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a new technique, with added autonomy for the rover, in placement of the tool-bearing turret on its robotic arm. The technique is used to assess how close the instrument is to a soil or rock surface.
PIA17363:
Curiosity Uses X-ray Instrument's Data for Proximity Placement
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.
PIA17362:
Pebbly Sandstone Conglomerate Rock at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17361:
Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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For at least a couple of days, the science team of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is focused on a full-bore science campaign at a tantalizing, rocky site informally called
PIA17481:
Evolving Excitement Over 'Darwin' Rock Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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In the upper central portion of this image is a patch of ground paler than its surroundings as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity after reaching the top of a rise called 'Panorama Point.'
PIA17359:
Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-28 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17356:
Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.
PIA17355:
Curiosity's Progress on Route from 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the scene from the rover's position on the 376th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Aug. 27, 2013).
PIA17354:
View Ahead After Curiosity's Sol 376 Drive Using Autonomous Navigation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars is kept company by two cratered moons -- an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos.
PIA17305:
The Moons of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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These six images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show the two moons of Mars moments before (left three) and after (right three) the larger moon, Phobos, occulted Deimos on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17353:
Before and After Occultation of Deimos by Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17352:
Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
PIA17351:
Illustration Comparing Apparent Sizes of Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of the two moons of Mars comes from a set of images taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity as the larger moon, Phobos, passed in front of the smaller one, Deimos, from Curiosity's perspective, on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17350:
Two Moons of Mars in One Enhanced View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame from a movie clip shows the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17089:
Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The mapped area is within Gale Crater, and north of Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater.
PIA17085:
Full Curiosity Traverse Passes One-Mile Mark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A rise topped by two gray rocks near the center of the scene is informally named 'Twin Cairns Island' as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The center of the scene is toward the southwest.
PIA17083:
Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navigation Camera
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The prominent rock in this image from NASA's rover Curiosity, informally named 'East Bull Rock,' is about 20 inches (half a meter) high. The rock-studded local rise dominating the image is called 'Elsie Mountain'.
PIA17082:
Westward View from Curiosity on Sol 347
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's rover Curiosity appears as a bluish dot near the lower right corner of this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA17080:
View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The MAHLI camera on NASA's Curiosity rover is carried at an angle when the rover's arm is stowed for driving. Still, the camera is able to record views of the terrain Curiosity is crossing in Gale Crater.
PIA17081:
View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image on with its Hazcam just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.
PIA17279:
One Down, Many Kilometers to Go
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA17269:
Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
PIA17276:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars 2020 Mars Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Observations at large scales, such as panoramas of Martian landscapes, help researchers identify smaller-scale features of special interest for examination in more detail.
PIA17275:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Large Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from the left Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity looks back at wheel tracks made during the first drive away from the last science target in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17272:
First Leg of Long Trek Toward Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset.
PIA17270:
Phobos Passing Overhead Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.
PIA17267:
Detail in "Point Lake" Outcrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
PIA16919:
Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, Raw Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
PIA16918:
Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, White-Balanced
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
PIA17069:
Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image produced from software used for planning drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity depicts the location and size of the rover when it was driven into position for drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.'
PIA17065:
Position of Curiosity for Drilling at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity landed in August 2012 at 'Bradbury Landing.' All of these features are inside Gale Crater. Curiosity's next major destination, the entry point to the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA17064:
From 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. 3-D glasses are needed.
PIA17063:
Evidence About a Martian Streambed (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
PIA17062:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic compares the radiation dose equivalent for several types of experiences, including a calculation for a trip from Earth to Mars based on measurements made by the RAD instrument shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.
PIA17061:
Comparison of Some Radiation Exposures to Mars-Trip Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graph based on data from the RAD instrument onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft shows the flux of energetic particles (vertical axis) as a function of the estimated energy deposited in water (horizontal axis).
PIA17060:
Calculating Radiation Dose for Biological Tissue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.
PIA16939:
Radiation Measurements During Trip From Earth to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration depicts the two main types of radiation that NASA's Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) onboard Curiosity monitors, and how the magnetic field around Earth affects the radiation in space near Earth.
PIA16938:
Sources of Ionizing Radiation in Interplanetary Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures to show gray-powder and two holes where Curiosity used its drill on the rock target 'John Klein.'
PIA16937:
Updated Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'John Klein'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled into this rock target,
PIA16936:
'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rock target
PIA16935:
Before-and-After Blink of 'Cumberland' Drilling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its front left Hazard-Avoidance Camera for this image of the rover's arm over the drilling target
PIA16932:
Curiosity at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the location of 'Cumberland,' the second rock-drilling target for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, in relation to the rover's first drilling target, 'John Klein,' within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay.'
PIA16926:
'Cumberland' Selected as Curiosity's Second Drilling Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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In the center foreground, NASA's Curiosity rover's arm holds the tool turret above a target called
PIA16847:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp (Raw)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16917:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16916:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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This graphic tracks the maximum relative humidity and the temperature at which that maximum occurred each Martian day, or sol, for about one-fourth of a Martian year, as measured by REMS on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16915:
Humidity in Gale Crater: Scant and Variable
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REMS
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected dozens of whirlwinds, or vortex events, causing brief dips in atmospheric pressure, and sometimes other measurable effects.
PIA16914:
Whirlwind Detection by Curiosity in Gale Crater
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REMS
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This pair of graphs shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's record of temperatures (in degrees Celsius) measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16913:
Steady Temperatures at Mars' Gale Crater
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REMS
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This graph shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's pattern atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16912:
Seasonal Pressure Curve Peaks at Gale Crater
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ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
PIA16911:
Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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ChemCam
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
PIA16910:
Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock. The images were taken by the remote micro-imager camera in the laser-firing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam).
PIA16819:
Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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SAM
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This image, made by the quadrupole mass spectrometer in the SAM suite of instruments in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. shows the ratio of the argon isotope argon-36 to the heavier argon isotope argon-38, in various measurements.
PIA16818:
Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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SAM
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As the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover heats a sample, gases are released (or 'evolved') from the sample and can be identified using SAM's quadrupole mass spectrometer.
PIA16817:
Major Volatiles Released from the Fourth 'John Klein' Portion
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SAM
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This illustration shows the instruments and subsystems of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite on the Curiosity Rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project. SAM analyzes the gases in the Martian atmosphere.
PIA16816:
The SAM Suite
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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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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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Navcam (MSL)
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This view of Curiosity's left-front and left-center wheels and of marks made by wheels on the ground in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area comes from one of six cameras used on Mars for the first time more than six months after the rover landed.
PIA16812:
View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took measurement on a rock outcrop (Spot 39) and on loose soil (Spot 40) within the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA16810:
Variation in Subsurface Water In 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This set of graphs shows variation in the amount and the depth of water detected beneath NASA's Mars rover Curiosity by use of the rover's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument at different points the rover has driven.
PIA16809:
Variation in Water Content in Martian Subsurface Along Curiosity's Traverse
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detects even very small amounts of water in the ground beneath the rover, primarily water bound into the crystal structure of hydrated minerals.
PIA16808:
Two Types of Modeling of Subsurface Water
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This chart graphs measurements made by the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity against the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
PIA16807:
Variations of DAN Measurements Along Curiosity Traverse
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Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16806:
Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16805:
Drill Hole Image and Spectra Acquired by Mastcam
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Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.
PIA16804:
Bluish Color in Broken Rock in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting color and patterns in this unnamed rock.
PIA16803:
Bluish-Black Rock with White 'Crystals' on Mars
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Mastcam
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the calibration target for Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
PIA16802:
Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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Mastcam
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NASA's rover Curiosity uses its calibration target for the Mastcam to approximate colors we would see on Mars, using the known colors of materials on the target.
PIA16801:
Using Curiosity's Mast Camera to View Scene in 'Natural' Color
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Mastcam
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These three versions of the same image taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate different choices that scientists can make in presenting the colors recorded by the camera.
PIA16800:
'Raw,' 'Natural' and 'White-Balanced' Views of Martian Terrain
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Mastcam
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The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.
PIA16799:
Filters for Color Imaging and for Science
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Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates the twin cameras of the Mastcam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover (upper left), the Mastcam calibration target (lower center), and the locations of the cameras and target on the rover.
PIA16798:
Mast Camera and Its Calibration Target on Curiosity Rover
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MAHLI
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NASA's rover Curiosity took this close-up view of 'Tintina' showing interesting linear textures in the bright white material on the rock.
PIA16797:
Close-up View of Broken Mars Rock 'Tintina'
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Mastcam
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On this image of the broken rock called 'Tintina,' color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16796:
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for broken rock 'Tintina'
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Mastcam
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This raw image of 'Tintina,' a broken rock fragment in a rover wheel track, was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA16795:
Rock "Tintina" Exposes "Yellowknife Bay" Vein Material
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Mastcam
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On this image of the rock target 'Knorr,' color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16794:
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for 'Knorr' Rock Target
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Mastcam
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At different locations on the surface of the same rock, scientists can use the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to measure the amount of reflected light at a series of different wavelengths.
PIA16793:
Indication of Hydration in Veins and Nodules of 'Knorr' in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Mastcam
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Light-toned nodules and veins of a patch of sedimentary rock called 'Knorr' are visible in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16792:
Veins and Nodules at 'Knorr' Target in 'Yellowknife Bay' of Gale Crater
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
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This graphic presents results from APXS onboard NASA's rover Curiosity, with the comparisons simplified across diverse elements by dividing the amount of each element measured in the rocks by the amount of the same element in a local soil.
PIA16791:
Elemental Compositions of 'Yellowknife Bay' Rocks
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MAHLI
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The gray area in center of this image is where the Dust Removal Tool on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity brushed a rock target called 'Wernecke.' The brushing revealed dark nodules and white veins crisscrossing the light gray rock.
PIA16790:
Target 'Wernecke' After Brushing by Curiosity
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Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mastcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color. Raw color shows the scene's colors as they would look in a typical smart-phone camera photo, before any adjustment.
PIA16769:
Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors
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Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting.
PIA16768:
Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
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SAM
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NASA's Curiosity rover has detected the simple carbon-containing compounds chloro- and dichloromethane from the powdered rock sample extracted from the 'John Klein' rock on Mars.
PIA16836:
Chlorinated Forms of Methane at "John Klein" Site
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SAM
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An analysis of a drilled rock sample from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the presence of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide released on heating.
PIA16835:
Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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MAHLI
Panoramic Camera
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This set of images shows the results from the rock abrasion tool from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (left) and the drill from NASA's Curiosity rover (right).
PIA16834:
Studying Habitability in Ancient Martian Environments
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