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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right).
PIA16170:
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This focus-merge image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock called 'Burwash.' The rock has a coating of dust on it. The coarser, visible grains are windblown sand.
PIA16237:
Rock 'Burwash' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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'Et-Then' is located near the rover's front left wheel, where the rover has been stationed while scooping soil at the site called 'Rocknest' in this image from NASA's Curiosity spacecraft.
PIA16236:
Rock 'Et-Then' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Sample material from the fourth scoop of Martian soil collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the rover's observation tray in this image taken during the mission's 78th Martian sol, (Oct. 24, 2012) by Curiosity's left Navigation Camera.
PIA16235:
Scooped Material on Rover's Observation Tray
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
PIA16234:
Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The mission's science team assessed the bright particles in this scooped pit to be native Martian material rather than spacecraft debris as seen in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity as it collected its second scoop of Martian soil.
PIA16233:
Bright Particle in Hole Dug by Scooping of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity delivered a sample of Martian soil to the rover's observation tray for the first time during the mission's 70th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 16, 2012).
PIA16232:
First Sample Placed on Curiosity's Observation Tray
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Three bite marks left in the Martian ground by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image. Each of the three bites is about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.
PIA16231:
Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a small bright object on the ground beside the rover at the 'Rocknest' site. The rover team has assessed this object as debris from the spacecraft, possibly from the events of landing on Mars.
PIA16230:
Small Debris on the Ground Beside Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image contributed to an interpretation by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity science team that some of the bright particles on the ground near the rover are native Martian material.
PIA16229:
Bright Particle of Martian Origin in Scoop Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Smooth surfaces of windblown sand and dust of the 'Rocknest' area signal an appropriate place for NASA's Curiosity to collect and use the mission's first few scoopfuls of soil.
PIA16227:
Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover just after discarding a soil sample as part of its first 'decontamination' exercise. A small amount of remnant material is visible inside the delivery tube, which is magnified in the blow-up at lower right.
PIA16196:
Thanks for the Scrub
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This image shows fine sand from Mars that was filtered by NASA's Curiosity rover as part of its first 'decontamination' exercise.
PIA16195:
Sand Filtered through Curiosity's Sieve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
Mastcam
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In this image, the scoop on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the larger soil particles that were too big to filter through a sample-processing sieve that is porous only to particles less than 0.006 inches (150 microns) across.
PIA16194:
Too Big for the Sieve
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image shows the wall of a scuffmark NASA's Curiosity made in a windblown ripple of Martian sand with its wheel. The upper half of the image shows a small portion of the side wall of the scuff and a little bit of the floor of the scuff.
PIA16193:
High-Resolution View of Cross-Section Through a Mars Ripple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic.' The red dots are where ChemCam zapped the rock with its laser.
PIA16192:
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This pairing illustrates the first time that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected a scoop of soil on Mars. At right, the ground location 'Rocknest,' at left, after the scoop of sand and dust had been removed.
PIA16226:
First Scoop by Curiosity, Sol 61 Views
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 3-D image shows the upcoming science destination for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a region dubbed 'Glenelg,' where three different types of material seen from orbit come together.
PIA16210:
'Glenelg' in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This stereo anaglyph shows the parachute and back shell that helped guide NASA's Curiosity to the surface of Mars. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA16209:
Parachute and Back Shell in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This stereo anaglyph shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA16208:
Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity shows a scoop full of sand and dust lifted by the rover's first use of the scoop on its robotic arm. In the foreground, near bottom of this image, the bright object visible on the ground might be a piece of rover hardware.
PIA16225:
View of Curiosity's First Scoop Also Shows Bright Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a video shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The material vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground.
PIA16224:
Curiosity's First Scoop of Mars, in Vibration Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16207:
Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16206:
CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the 'Rocknest' site to give researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material forming the ripple.
PIA16205:
Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This patch of windblown sand and dust downhill from a cluster of dark rocks is the 'Rocknest' site, which has been selected as the likely location for first use of the scoop on the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16204:
'Rocknest' From Sol 52 Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena , Calif., in 2011.
PIA16203:
Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rocky terrain of 'Rocknest' surrounding it as of its 55th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 1, 2012).
PIA16202:
View on the Way to 'Glenelg'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 56th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Oct. 2, 2012).
PIA16200:
Curiosity's Travels Through Sol 56
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This stereo image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock outcrop called 'Hottah,' cited as evidence for vigorous flow of water in a long-ago Martian stream. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA16223:
Martian Streambed Evidence Rock in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This is the highest-resolution view that the MAHLI camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired of the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet'; the rock is dark gray and is so fine-grained that MAHLI cannot resolve grains or crystals in it.
PIA14763:
'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Close-Up View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.
PIA14762:
'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of images compares the 'Link' outcrop of rocks on Mars (left) with similar rocks seen on Earth (right). The 'Link' outcrop shows rounded gravel fragments, or clasts, up to a couple inches (few centimeters), within the rock outcrop.
PIA16189:
Rock Outcrops on Mars and Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called 'Link' pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust.
PIA16188:
Link to a Watery Past
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows a high-resolution view of an area that is known as Goulburn Scour, a set of rocks blasted by the engines of Curiosity's descent stage on Mars.
PIA16187:
Best View of Goulburn Scour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
THEMIS
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT). The rover is heading toward Glenelg, just to the lower right of Bradbury.
PIA16159:
Downslope of the Fan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover landed. An alluvial fan, or fan-shaped deposit where debris spreads out downslope, has been highlighted in lighter colors for better viewing.
PIA16158:
Where Water Flowed Downslope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.
PIA16157:
Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
PIA16156:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image combines photographs taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at three different distances from the first Martian rock that NASA's Curiosity rover touched with its arm.
PIA16221:
Mars Hand Lens Imager Nested Close-Ups of Rock 'Jake Matijevic'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover placed the APXS instrument onto the rock to assess what chemical elements were present in the rock.
PIA16220:
Curiosity's Rock-Contact Science Begins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of Curiosity's deck shows a plaque bearing several signatures of US officials, including that of President Obama and Vice President Biden. The image was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).
PIA15883:
President's Signature Onboard Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's MAHLI camera during the 44th Martian sol on Sept. 19, 2012. The flag is one of four 'mobility logos' placed on the rover's mobility rocker arms.
PIA15882:
Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day ended with this rock front of the rover. The rover team has assessed it as a suitable target for the first use of Curiosity's contact instruments on a rock.
PIA16155:
'Jake Matijevic' Contact Target for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the view looking toward the 'Glenelg' area, where three different terrain types come together.
PIA16154:
On the Road to Glenelg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012). The route starts where the rover touched down, a site subsequently named Bradbury Landing.
PIA16153:
Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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As part of a multi-mission campaign, NASA's Curiosity rover is observing Martian moon transits, the first of which involved the moon Phobos grazing the sun's disk.
PIA16152:
Comparing Phobos Views
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos. This frame from an animation shows the point of view of the rover, located near the equator of Mars, as these moons occasionally pass in front of, or 'transit,' the disk of the sun.
PIA16151:
Phobos in Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a close-up view looking toward the 'Glenelg' area. One terrain type is light-toned with well-developed layering, which likely records the deposition of sedimentary materials.
PIA16150:
Dark Bands Run Through Light Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This 3-D view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was assembled from two images taken by that camera during the 34th Martian day. The camera is on the turret of tools at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.
PIA15879:
3-D View of MAHLI Calibration Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument as the rover continues to check out its instruments in the first phase after landing.
PIA16164:
Opening and Closing SAM Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the open inlet where powdered rock and soil samples will be funneled down for analysis.
PIA16163:
Say 'Ahh' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the cover on an inlet that will receive powdered rock and soil samples for analysis. The image also shows sand and angular and rounded pebbles that were deposited on the rover deck when it landed.
PIA16162:
Getting Ready for Sampling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
Mastcam
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This image shows the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on the 32nd Martian day, or sol, of operations on the surface.
PIA16161:
Hello, MAHLI
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. This image let researchers know that the APXS instrument had not become caked with dust during Curiosity's landing.
PIA16160:
Portrait of APXS on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the lower front and underbelly areas of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines nine images taken by the rover's MAHLI camera during the 34th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars.
PIA16137:
Panorama of Curiosity's Belly Check
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image taken by the MAHLI camera shows a sample of basaltic rock from a lava flow in New Mexico serves as a calibration target carried on the front of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity for the rover's Canadian-made APXS instrument.
PIA16136:
A Piece of New Mexico on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity carries five cylindrical blocks of organic check material for use in a control experiment if the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory detects any organic compounds in samples of Martian soil or powdered rock.
PIA16135:
Sealed Organic Check Material on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the three left wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images that were taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 34th Martian day, or sol, on Mars (Sept. 9, 2012).
PIA16134:
Wheels and a Destination
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the lower front and underbelly areas of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's MAHLI camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Also visible are the hazard avoidance cameras on the front of the rover.
PIA16133:
Belly Check for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.
PIA16132:
Calibration Target for Curiosity's Arm Camera
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The penny in this image is part of a camera calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The MAHLI camera on the rover took this image of the MAHLI calibration target during the 34th Martian day of Curiosity's work on Mars, Sept. 9, 2012.
PIA16131:
Lincoln Penny on Mars in Camera's Calibration Target
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MAHLI
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The level of detail apparent in this image from Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) shows that haziness in earlier MAHLI images since landing was due to dust that had settled on the dust cover during the landing.
PIA16130:
First Image From Curiosity's Arm Camera With Dust Cover Open
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MAHLI
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As the last step in a series of inspections of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, this camera's reclosable dust cover was opened for the first time on Sept. 8, 2012.
PIA16129:
Martian Ground Seen by Arm Camera With and Without Dust Cover (Thumbnails)
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MAHLI
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On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait. The MAHLI cover was in the closed position in order to inspect the the dust cover.
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Rover Takes Self Portrait
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).
PIA16148:
Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 29
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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or
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Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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This engineering drawing shows various components needed to support tools at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, including: calibration targets for helping instruments set their baseline levels.
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Curiosity's Work Bench
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This engineering drawing shows the five devices that make up the turret at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover. These include: the drill for acquiring powdered samples from interiors of rocks.
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Tools at Curiosity's 'Fingertips'
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This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted tools on rock and soil targets.
PIA16144:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm
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After a rocket-powered descent stage, also known as the sky crane, delivered NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), 2012, it flew away and fell to the surface.
PIA16143:
Dissecting the Scene of Sky Crane Crash
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This color view of the parachute and back shell that helped deliver NASA's Curiosity rover to the surface of the Red Planet was taken by the High-HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA16142:
Relics of Rover's Landing
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Tracks from the first drives of NASA's Curiosity rover are visible in this image captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover is seen where the tracks end.
PIA16141:
A Rover's Journey Begins
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MAHLI
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The left eye of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover's arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 5, 2012).
PIA15699:
Camera on Curiosity's Arm as Seen by Camera on Mast
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Navcam (MSL)
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This scene shows the surroundings of the location where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity arrived on the 29th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 4, 2012).
PIA15698:
Curiosity's Location During Arm Checkouts
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
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NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
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NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
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NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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This photograph shows the Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) rover, a nearly identical copy to NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA15875:
NASA's Vehicle System Test Bed (VSTB) Rover
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This 3D image from NASA's Curiosity was taken from the rover's Bradbury Landing site inside Gale Crater, Mars. Between the rover on the right, and its shadow on the left, looms the rover's eventual target: Mount Sharp.
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3-D View from Bradbury Landing Site
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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove about 70 feet (about 21 meters) on the mission's 21st Martian day, or sol (Aug. 30, 2012) and then took images with its Navigation Camera that are combined into this scene, which inclues the fresh tracks.
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Looking Back at Tracks from Sol 24 Drive
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HiRISE
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Details such as the shadow of the mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity appear in an image taken Aug. 17, 2012, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, from more directly overhead than previous HiRISE images of Curiosity.
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Orbiter View of Curiosity From Nearly Straight Overhead
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ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser to examine side-by-side points in a target patch of soil, leaving the marks apparent in this before-and-after comparison.
PIA15695:
Marks of Laser Exam on Martian Soil
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Hazcam (MSL)
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On Aug. 28, 2012, during the 22nd Martian day, or sol, after landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover drove about 52 feet (16 meters) eastward, the longest drive of the mission so far. The drive imprinted the wheel tracks visible in this image.
PIA15694:
Tracks from Eastbound Drive on Curiosity's Sol 22
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Soil clinging to the right middle and rear wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this image taken by the Curiosity's Navigation Camera after the rover's third drive on Mars.
PIA15693:
Martian Soil on Curiosity's Wheels After Sol 22 Drive
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This image shows a close-up of track marks left by NASA's Curiosity rover. Holes in the rover's wheels, seen here in this view, leave imprints in the tracks that can be used to help the rover drive more accurately. The imprint is Morse code for JPL.
PIA16112:
Curiosity Tracks Its Tracks
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The straight lines in Curiosity's zigzag track marks are Morse code for JPL. The 'footprint' is an important reference mark that the rover can use to drive more precisely via a system called visual odometry.
PIA16111:
Reading the Rover's Tracks
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This image shows a close-up of track marks from the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. The rover's arm is visible in the foreground. A close inspection of the tracks reveals a unique, repeating pattern: Morse code for JPL.
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Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
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Two donut-shaped tracks make an infinity symbol, and mark the first two drives of NASA's Curiosity rover. The landing site is at the far right.
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From Infinity and Beyond
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This image taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity shows track marks from the rover's first Martian drives.
PIA16109:
Big Wheels Keep on Rollin'
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This image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows track marks from a successful drive to the scour mark known as Goulburn, an area of bedrock exposed by thrusters on the rover's descent stage.
PIA16108:
Evidence of Curiosity's Second Drive
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This chart shows increases in the volume of data coming back from NASA's Mars Curiosity over recent sols. New capabilities of the 'Electra' relay-radios on MRO and Curiosity have greatly increased the volume of data the rover is sending back from Mars.
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Curiosity Speaks Volumes
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This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.
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Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen
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A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.
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Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
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This image is from a test series used to chacterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012, and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site.
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Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
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This image is from a series of test images to calibrate the 34-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012 and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site.
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Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
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This color panorama shows a 360-degree view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover, including the highest part of Mount Sharp visible to the rover.
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Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
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An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.
PIA16100:
Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off
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This image taken by the Mast Camera (MastCam) on NASA's Curiosity rover highlights the interesting geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed.
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Getting to Know Mount Sharp
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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.
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Grand Canyon Similar to Mount Sharp
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