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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16086:
Part of Curiosity's Outstretched Arm, Full-Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the turret of tools at the end of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16085:
End of Curiosity's Extended Arm, Full-Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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NASA's Curiosity rover pinged the ground with neutrons for the first time, a process called active neutron sounding, on August 17, 2012.
PIA16084:
Curiosity Blasts Ground with Neutrons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The heritage for investigations with the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover comes from NASA's Odyssey orbiter.
PIA16083:
Laying the Groundwork for Curiosity's DAN
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.
PIA16082:
Location of DAN on Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows the rise and fall of air and ground temperatures on Mars obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16081:
Taking Mars' Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows readings for atmospheric pressure at the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover. The data were obtained by Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2012.
PIA16080:
First Pressure Readings on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity extended its robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012, for the first time on Mars and used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view of the extended arm.
PIA15692:
Curiosity Extends Arm for First Time on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover.
PIA16077:
The Heights of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16075:
First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover rear hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are the 'pigeon-toed' wheels in their stowed position from
PIA16061:
A View From Below the Rover Deck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree image shows a complete, full-resolution panorama around NASA's Curiosity rover. The pointy rim of Gale Crater can be seen as a lighter strip along top right of the image. The base of Mount Sharp can be seen along top left.
PIA16074:
All Around Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover front hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are are the 'pigeon-toed' the wheels.
PIA16060:
Curiosity's View From Below
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This close-up image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap with its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. The instrument will analyze that spark with a telescope and identify the chemical elements in the target.
PIA16073:
Curiosity's First Rock Star, Up-Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap ChemCam instrument. ChemCam will be firing a laser at this rock, provisionally named N165, and analyzing the glowing, ionized gas, called plasma, that the laser excites.
PIA16072:
Curiosity's First Rock Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. The calibration target is one square and a group of nine circles that look dark in the black-and-white image.
PIA16069:
Readying ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image (cut out from a mosaic) shows the view from the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover toward the lower reaches of Mount Sharp, where Curiosity is likely to begin its ascent through hundreds of feet (meters) of layered deposits.
PIA16068:
The Promised Land
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This cropped image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows one set of marks on the surface of Mars where blasts from the descent-stage rocket engines blew away some of the surface material.
PIA16067:
Goulburn Scour Mark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.
PIA16066:
Naming the Scour Marks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image shows a closer view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and a destination nearby known as Glenelg. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the blue dot.
PIA16065:
Glenelg Intrigue
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HiRISE
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This image shows the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and destinations scientists want to investigate. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the green dot, within the Yellowknife quadrangle.
PIA16064:
Martian Treasure Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover. The back of the rover can be at top left, two of the right side wheels at left, and the undulating rim of Gale Crater forms the lighter color strip in the background.
PIA16063:
Still Life with Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation camera. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen at upper right.
PIA16062:
Bird's Eye View of Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Context Camera
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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NASA's Curiosity rover landed in the Martian crater known as Gale Crater, which is approximately the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. A green dot shows where the rover landed, well within its targeted landing ellipse, outlined in blue.
PIA16058:
Curiosity Cradled by Gale Crater
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HiRISE
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This color-enhanced view of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors.
PIA16057:
Curiosity in Exaggerated Color
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HiRISE
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This color-enhanced view, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead, shows the terrain around the Curiosity's landing site within Gale Crater on Mars. The rover is seen as the circular object.
PIA16056:
A Whole New World for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Aug. 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
PIA16055:
President Obama Phones Mars Rover Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows an area excavated by the blast of the Mars Science Laboratory's descent stage rocket engines. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16054:
Exposed by Rocket Engine Blasts
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Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover looks south of the rover's landing site on Mars towards Mount Sharp. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16053:
Destination Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater, the location on Mars where the rover landed. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16052:
Wall of Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image is the first high-resolution color mosaic from NASA's Curiosity rover, showing the geological environment around the rover's landing site in Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA16051:
First High-Resolution Color Mosaic of Curiosity's Mastcam Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken by the Hazard-Avoidance cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover to show evidence for an impact plume created when the rover's sky crane fell to the Martian surface.
PIA16043:
Now You See an Impact Plume, Now You Don't Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The distant blob seen in the view on left, taken by a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, may be a cloud created during the crash of the rover's descent stage.
PIA16042:
Witnessing the Descent Stage Crash?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is a still from an interactive web feature that guides you through the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16041:
Guided Tour of Curiosity's Martian Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic image shows part of the left side of NASA's Curiosity rover and two blast marks from the descent stage's rocket engines. The rim of Gale Crater is the lighter colored band across the horizon. The back of the rover is to the left.
PIA16040:
Traces of Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image illustrates how spacecraft landings on Mars have become more and more precise over the years. Since NASA's first Mars landing of Viking in 1976, the targeted landing regions, or ellipses, have shrunk.
PIA16039:
Landing Accuracy on Mars: A Historical Perspective
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The red 'X' marks the spot where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. This is well within the targeted landing region, called the landing 

ellipse, marked by the light blue line.
PIA16038:
Zeroing in on Rover's Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 5, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16037:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 5
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the times at which NASA's Curiosity rover hit its milestones during its entry, descent and landing on Mars. Times the events actually occurred are in red; times that Earth received confirmation that events occurred appear in blue.
PIA16036:
Hitting the Marks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of an image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been annotated to show the relative positions between NASA's Curiosity rover (right) and the impact site of its sky crane, or descent stage.
PIA16023:
Inspecting Curiosity's Descent Stage Crash Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This cut-out from a color panorama image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. It comes from the right side of the thumbnail panorama obtained the Mast Camera.
PIA16035:
A Set of Blast Marks in Color, Right Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This cut-out from a color panorama image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows the effects of the descent stage's rocket engines blasting the ground. It comes from the left side of the thumbnail panorama obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16034:
A Set of Blast Marks in Color, Left Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This is a portion of the first color 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity showing the rover's a mountain at the center of Gale Crater called Mount Sharp, can be seen in the distance, to the left, beginning to rise up.
PIA16032:
Mount Sharp on the Horizon
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HiRISE
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The geological context for the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover is visible in this image mosaic obtained by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA16031:
Staking out Curiosity's Landing Site
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HiRISE
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This image shows the quadrangle where NASA's Curiosity rover landed, within the expansive Gale Crater. The mission's science team has divided the landing region into several square quadrangles, or quads, of interest about 1-mile (1.3-kilometers) wide.
PIA16030:
Curiosity's Quad
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Mastcam
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This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.
PIA16029:
Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color
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This full-resolution image shows part of the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover taken from one of the rover's Navigation cameras looking toward the back left of the rover. On the left, part of the rover's power supply is visible.
PIA16028:
A Clear Look at the Rover Deck
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Navcam (MSL)
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras. This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras.
PIA16027:
Checking out the Rover Deck in Full Resolution
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This 360-degree, full-resolution panorama from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the area all around the rover within Gale Crater on Mars. The rover's deck is to the left and far right.
PIA16026:
Crisp View from Inside Gale Crater
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This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
PIA16025:
Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock
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MARDI
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This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars. This image shows the inside surface of the heat shield, with its protective multi-layered insulation.
PIA16021:
Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
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RAD
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
PIA16020:
Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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HiRISE
MARDI
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA16019:
A Better Look of the Martian Surface Animation Icon
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MARDI
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This full-resolution color image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows the gravel-covered surface of Mars. It was taken by the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) several minutes after Curiosity touched down on Mars.
PIA16018:
Gravel-Covered Martian Surface
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CTX
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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CTX
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
PIA16014:
Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's 'head' or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
PIA16013:
Curiosity's New Home
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This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.
PIA16012:
Rover's Self Portrait
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This is the first 360-degree panoramic view from NASA's Curiosity rover, taken with the Navigation cameras. Mount Sharp is to the right, and the north Gale Crater rim can be seen at center. The rover's body is in the foreground.
PIA16011:
Curiosity Takes It All In
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This is the first image taken by the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. It shows the shadow of the rover's now-upright mast in the center, and the arm's shadow at left. The arm itself can be seen in the foreground.
PIA16010:
Curiosity Looks Away from the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This picture from NASA's Curiosity rover puts a color view obtained by the rover in the context of a computer simulation derived from images acquired from orbiting spacecraft. The view looks north, showing the distant ridge of Gale Crater.
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Curiosity's Landscape Portrait in Context
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
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Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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This image comparison shows a view through a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover before and after the clear dust cover was removed. Both images were taken by a camera at the front of the rover. Mount Sharp, looms ahead.
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Clear Views on Mars
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This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover. Mount Sharp is visible rising above the terrain, though in one
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3-D View from the Front of Curiosity
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This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.
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3-D View from the Front of Curiosity
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This image is a 3-D view behind NASA's Curiosity rover. The anaglyph was made from a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the rear of the rover. It has been cropped.
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3-D View from Behind Curiosity
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The four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA's Curiosity rover were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) which captured this image about 24 hours after landing.
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Scene of a Martian Landing
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This close-up view shows NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. The image was captured by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the rover made its grand appearance on Mars.
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Curiosity Spotted!
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This close-up view captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows darkened radial jets caused by the impact of Curiosity's sky crane, which helped deliver the rover to the surface of Mars.
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Signs of the Sky Crane's Impact
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This close-up view shows the rover Curiosity's parachute and back shell strewn across the surface of Mars. The image was captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the parachute helped guide the rover to the surface.
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Evidence of a Job Well Done
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This close-up view shows Curiosity's heat shield, which helped the rover survive the harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, on the surface of Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after landing.
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Final Resting Spot for Curiosity's Heat Shield
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This imagery is being released in association with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This is a temporary caption to be replaced as soon as more information is available.
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Nailing Down Curiosity's Landing Site
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This image shows the location (green) where scientists estimate NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars within Gale Crater, based on images from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI).
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Narrowing in on Curiosity's Landing Site
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This view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the afternoon of the first day of landing. In the distance, the image shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater.
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First Color Landscape Image of Mars from Curiosity
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This full-resolution image shows one of the first views from NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early morning hours Aug. 6 EDT).
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Curiosity's Early Views of Mars
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Late last night, in the morning hours of Aug. 6, as NASA's Curiosity rover fell to the surface of Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured an image of the rover gliding on its parachute.
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Curiosity Sails to Mars as Heat Shield Falls Away
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover illustrating the first appearance of the left front wheel of the Curiosity rover after deployment of the suspension system as the vehicle was about to touch down on Mars.
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Curiosity's Wheel During Descent
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover and is representative of the images acquired once the Curiosity rover was resting on the surface of Mars after touchdown.
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Curiosity Color Close-Up upon Landing
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.
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Curiosity Kicking up Dust
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover revealing surface features including relatively dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features including small escarpments.
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Martian Surface Below Curiosity
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shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.
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Curiosity's Heat Shield in View
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This is the full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). The image has also been cropped.
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Looking Back at the Crater Rim
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This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, informally called Mount Sharp. The rover's shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes.
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Behold Mount Sharp!
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
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Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the small white box at center.
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Curiosity Flying Over Mars
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This labeled version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a fin on the radioisotope thermoelectric generator, the rear left wheel and a spring that released the dust cover.
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Curiosity's Rear View, Annotated
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The green diamond shows approximately where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse).
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Where Curiosity Landed on Mars
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box.
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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
PIA15978:
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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This is a version of one of the first images taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken through a
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Curiosity's Front View, Linearized
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This is a version of one of the first images taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken through a
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Curiosity's Front View, Linearized
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This is a version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover and shows part of the rim of Gale Crater, which is a feature the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
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Curiosity's Rear View, Linearized
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This is a version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover and shows part of the rim of Gale Crater, which is a feature the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
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Curiosity's Rear View, Linearized
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This is one of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). The clear dust cover that protected the camera during landing has been sprung open.
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Curiosity's Surroundings
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This is the first image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a
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What Lies Behind Curiosity
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This is the first image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a
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What Lies Behind Curiosity
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