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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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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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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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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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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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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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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 Laboratory’s 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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 This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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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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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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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 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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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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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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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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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 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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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
PIA13031:
Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb holds umbilical cables for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the rover's first drive test, on July 23, 2010. NASA will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012.
PIA13306:
Next Mars Rover Starts Rolling
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A test operator in clean-room garb observes rolling of the wheels during the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13307:
Close Look at Curiosity's First Drive
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13308:
Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space.
PIA13359:
Mars Science Laboratory's Cruise Stage in Test Chamber
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.
PIA13360:
Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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A group of members from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory watch the motions of an engineering model of the camera mast for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on March 5, 2010.
PIA13370:
Moviemaker with Mars Rover 'Stunt Double'
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NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, drives up a ramp during a test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The rover, like its smaller predecessors already on Mars, uses a rocker bogie suspension system to drive over uneven ground.
PIA13383:
Ramp Drive Test for Curiosity Mars Rover
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The suspension system on NASA Mars rover Curiosity easily accommodates rolling over a ramp in this Sept. 10, 2010, test drive inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13384:
NASA's Next Mars Rover on a Test Drive
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Test operators monitor how NASA's Mars rover Curiosity handles driving over a ramp during a test on Sept. 10, 2010, inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13385:
Eyes on Curiosity Rover's Driving
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13805:
Preparing for Solar and Thermal Testing of Curiosity Mars Rover
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This image shows preparation for March 2011 testing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, in a space-simulation chamber; the rover will go through operational sequences in environmental conditions similar to what it will experience on Mars.
PIA13806:
Bright Days Ahead for Curiosity Mars Rover
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is about 3 meters (10 feet) long, not counting the additional length that the rover's arm can be extended forward. The front of the rover is on the left in this side view.
PIA13808:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, Side View
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The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, named Curiosity, is seen here inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Support equipment is holding the rover slightly off the floor.
PIA13980:
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, View from Front Left Corner
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The arm and the remote sensing mast of the Mars rover Curiosity each carry science instruments and other tools for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This image shows the arm on the left and the mast just right of center.
PIA13981:
Arm and Mast of NASA Mars Rover Curiosity
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Technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, prepare the heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. With a diameter of 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet), this heat shield is the largest ever built for a planetary mission.
PIA14127:
Preparing Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield
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The heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is the largest ever built for a planetary mission. This image shows the heat shield being prepared at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, in April 2011.
PIA14128:
Biggest-Ever Heat Shield Prepared for Mars Spacecraft
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. The rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm.
PIA14156:
Curiosity: The Next Mars Rover (Artist's Concept)
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14164:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity is being tested in preparation for launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA14165:
Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14254:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Front View
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14255:
Mars Rover Curiosity, Turning in Place
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This photograph of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14256:
Mars Rover Curiosity with Wheel on Ramp
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Spacecraft specialists test the descent stage and rover of the Mars Science Laboratory in this scene from the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA14308:
Testing for Mars Science Laboratory Descent
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14755:
Rotating Curiosity's Back Shell Powered Descent Vehicle
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is being rotated for final closeout actions.
PIA14756:
Final Closeout Actions for Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.
PIA14757:
Connecting Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell
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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, and the spacecraft's descent stage have been enclosed inside the spacecraft's aeroshell.
PIA14758:
Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell with Curiosity Inside
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The descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being lifted during assembly of the spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15020:
Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is prepared for final integration into the complete NASA spacecraft in this photograph taken inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15021:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Closeout
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The cruise stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final stacking of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15026:
Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Stage
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The Mars Science Laboratory mission's 'powered descent vehicle' is the integrated combination of the spacecraft's descent stage and the rover Curiosity.
PIA15022:
Mars Science Laboratory Powered Descent Vehicle
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The 'powered descent vehicle' of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is being prepared for final integration into the spacecraft's back shell in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15023:
Integrating Powered Descent Vehicle with Back Shell of Mars Spacecraft
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During final stacking of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, the heat shield is positioned for integration with the rest of the spacecraft in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
PIA15027:
Mars Science Laboratory Heat Shield Integration for Flight
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft has been fully stacked for flight in this photograph from inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in October 2011.
PIA15028:
Mars Science Laboratory Stacked Spacecraft
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Preparations are under way to enclose NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in an Atlas V rocket payload fairing. The fairing protects the spacecraft from the impact of aerodynamic pressure and heating during ascent.
PIA15029:
Mars Science Laboratory and Its Payload Fairing
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Employees at Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., keep watch as the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is lifted up the side of the Vertical Integration Facility on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15030:
Hoisting NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Onto Its Atlas V
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In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.
PIA15031:
Mars Science Laboratory Atop Its Atlas V
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This artist's concept depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface.
PIA14760:
Curiosity at Work on Mars (Artist's Concept)
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A section of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's Gale Crater landing site is shown, with a representative path from the landing location toward the layered mound to the south.
PIA15107:
Studying a Wider Swath
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An engineer says goodbye to the Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Spacecraft Assembly Facility shortly before the spacecraft was readied for shipment to Kennedy Space Center for launch.
PIA15087:
Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Left-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15088:
Stereo (Left) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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Right-eye view of NASA's Curiosity rover and its powered descent vehicle pose for photographs prior to being integrated for launch at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility.
PIA15089:
Stereo (Right) Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Powered Descent Vehicle
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its rocket-powered descent vehicle pose for a portrait at JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility prior to its launch on November 26, 2011 from the Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
PIA15180:
3-D Anaglyph Fish-eye View of NASA's Curiosity Rover and its Rocket-Powered Descent Vehicle
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About the size of a small SUV, NASA's Curiosity rover is well equipped for a tour of Gale Crater on Mars. This impressive rover has six-wheel drive and the ability to turn in place a full 360 degrees, as well as the agility to climb steep hills.
PIA15181:
NASA's Curiosity Rover in Profile
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This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
PIA15791:
Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! (Artist's Concept)
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As of June 2012, the target landing area for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is the ellipse marked on this image of Gale Crater. The ellipse is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide (20 kilometers by 7 kilometers).
PIA15687:
Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
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The site for NASA's Curiosity rover is near the northern flank of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater on Mars. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15688:
Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity, in Stereo
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This graphic shows the locations of the cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15952:
Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity (Artist Concept)
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This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.
PIA15953:
Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)
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This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover is slated to land on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The red oval indicates the targeted landing area for the rover known as the 'landing ellipse.'
PIA15956:
Topographic Map of Curiosity Landing Area
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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.
PIA15973:
Curiosity's Surroundings
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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 'fisheye' wide-angle lens but has been 'linearized' so that the horizon looks flat rather than curved.
PIA15976:
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 'fisheye' wide-angle lens but has been 'linearized' so that the horizon looks flat rather than curved.
PIA15977:
Curiosity's Front View, Linearized
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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.
PIA15986:
Behold Mount Sharp!
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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.
PIA15987:
Looking Back at the Crater Rim
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