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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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CheMin
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
PIA13031:
Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows the test radar affixed to a gimbal mounting at the front of a helicopter, carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13030:
Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 34 offers wider-angle viewing.
PIA13019:
Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 100 offers telephoto capability.
PIA13018:
Mastcam 100: Longer Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument of NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in March 2011.
PIA13017:
Sample Image Through Camera Built for Next Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alliance Spacesystems are testing the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory roverís robotic arm joints.
PIA12069:
The Rover Gets Strong-Armed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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 This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratoryís 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to 
compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This picture is an artist's concept portraying what the advanced rover would look like when examining a rock outcrop on Mars
PIA08487:
Mars Science Laboratory at Work (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sunset on Mars catches NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in the foreground in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04893:
Mars Science Laboratory at Sunset (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory travels near a canyon on Mars in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04892:
Mars Science Laboratory at Canyon (Artist's Concept)
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