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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated.
PIA16765:
Laser Hits on Martian Drill Tailings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows details of rock texture and color in an area where the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT) brushed away dust that was on the rock.
PIA16687:
Zapped, Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This image shows the location of the 150-micrometer sieve screen on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a device used to remove larger particles from samples before delivery to science instruments.
PIA16688:
Sifting Martian Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.
PIA16729:
First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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These images, made from data obtained by Curiosity's CheMin, show the patterns obtained from a drift of windblown dust and sand called 'Rocknest' and from a powdered rock sample drilled from the 'John Klein' bedrock.
PIA16830:
Minerals at 'Rocknest' and 'John Klein'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded.
PIA16815:
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the ChemCam instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
PIA16922:
Accurate Pointing by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The left and right eyes of the Navigation Camera (Navcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took the dozens of images combined into this 3-D scene of the rover and its surroundings.
PIA16925:
Mars Stereo View from "John Klein" to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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'Cumberland' has been selected as the second target for drilling by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The rover has the capability to collect powdered material from inside the target rock and analyze that powder with laboratory instruments.
PIA16927:
'Cumberland' Target for Drilling by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. 3-D glasses are needed.
PIA17063:
Evidence About a Martian Streambed (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.
PIA17066:
Concretions at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image demonstrates how engineers place the drill carried by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity onto rock targets. They first set down the drill's two stabilizing prongs near the target, as shown by the dashed line.
PIA17067:
Checking Contact Points for Curiosity's Drill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).
PIA17068:
Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity was taken by the right (telephoto-lens) camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the rover during the 193rd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 20, 2013) in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17071:
'Point Lake' Outcrop in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
PIA17262:
Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows textural characteristics and shapes of an outcrop called 'Point Lake.' The outcrop is about 20 inches (half a meter) high and pockmarked with holes.
PIA17268:
Puzzling 'Point Lake' Outcrop Revisited
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset.
PIA17270:
Phobos Passing Overhead Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013 taken by NASA's Mars rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam).
PIA17084:
Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame from a movie clip shows the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17089:
Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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An outcrop visible as light-toned streaks in the lower center of this image has been chosen as a place for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to study for a few days in September 2013.
PIA17360:
'Darwin' Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1' of Curiosity's trek to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rock 'Ithaca' is shown here with a rougher lower texture and smoother texture on top, and appears to be a piece of the local sedimentary bedrock protruding from the surrounding soil in Gale Crater as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17592:
Target Rock 'Ithaca' in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Curiosity shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets 'John Klein' and 'Cumberland'.
PIA17595:
View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater, from a perspective in Yellowknife Bay looking toward west-northwest.
PIA17603:
Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, Curiosity, has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
PIA17766:
Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This view of a Martian rock target called /Harrison' merges images from two cameras onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to provide both color and microscopic detail. The elongated crystals are likely feldspars, and the matrix is pyroxene-dominated.
PIA17768:
Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view combines several frames taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, looking into a valley to the west from the eastern side of a dune at the eastern end of the valley.
PIA17931:
Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014).
PIA17944:
Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this Martian scene recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called 'the Kimberley.'
PIA17959:
Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spans 360 degrees, centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at 'the Kimberley,' with an outcrop of eroded sandstone in the foreground.
PIA18070:
Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has driven within robotic-arm's reach of the sandstone slab at the center of this view.
PIA18087:
Sandstone Target 'Windjana' May Be Next Martian Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the 'Amargosa Valley,' on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is headed toward the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop.
PIA18473:
Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows the first holes drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at Mount Sharp. The loose material near the drill holes is drill tailings and an accumulation of dust that slid down the rock during drilling.
PIA19036:
'Confidence Hills' -- The First Mount Sharp Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This side-by-side comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from rocks on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover. The images present data obtained by Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin).
PIA19038:
Signature of Hematite in 'Confidence Hills' Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This small ridge, about 3 feet long, appears to resist wind erosion more than the flatter plates around it. Such differences are among the traits NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining at selected rock targets at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18880:
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This patch of Martian bedrock, about 2 feet (70 centimeters) across, is finely layered rock with some pea-size inclusions. It lies near the lowest point of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop, which forms part of the basal layer of Mount Sharp.
PIA18881:
Fine-Grained, Finely Layered Rock at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A wheel track cuts through a windblown ripple of dusty sand in this Nov. 7, 2014, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. The view spans about four feet across.
PIA18882:
Ripple's Interior Exposed by Rover Wheel Track
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from ASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called 'Alexander Hills,' which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets. It is a mosaic of six frames taken on Nov. 23, 2014.
PIA19066:
Within Rover's Reach at Mars Target Area 'Alexander Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now.
PIA19068:
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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On March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. Multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments.
PIA19069:
Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene.
PIA19070:
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp.
PIA19072:
Sol 696 (July 22, 2014), Left
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
PIA19074:
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. This type of rock can form under a lake.
PIA19075:
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken at a target called 'Whale Rock' within the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19076:
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19081:
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.
PIA19142:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This March 18, 2015, view from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a network of two-tone mineral veins at an area called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19161:
Prominent Veins at 'Garden City' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.
PIA19162:
Night Close-up of Mineral Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A sweeping panorama combining 33 telephoto images into one Martian vista presents details of several types of terrain visible on Mount Sharp from a location along the route of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19397:
Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This April 16, 2015, panorama from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a detailed view toward two areas, 'Mount Shields' and 'Logan Pass,' on lower Mount Sharp, chosen for close-up inspection in subsequent weeks.
PIA19398:
Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame is from sequence of views NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
PIA19401:
Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view southeastward from NASA's Curiosity's Mastcam shows terrain judged difficult for traversing between the rover and an outcrop in the middle distance where a pale rock unit meets a darker rock unit above it.
PIA19662:
Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site where two different types of bedrock meet on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19676:
Geological Contact Zone Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the surroundings of a site on lower Mount Sharp where the rover spent its 1,000th Martian day, or sol, on Mars.
PIA19679:
Panorama from Curiosity's Sol 1000 Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015.
PIA19818:
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken in mid-September, 2015, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19912:
Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
PIA19839:
Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Prominent mineral veins at the 'Garden City' site examined by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vary in thickness and brightness, as seen in this image from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA19922:
'Garden City' Vein Complex on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.
PIA19928:
Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The dark band in the lower portion of this Martian scene is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' dune field lining the northwestern edge of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.
PIA19929:
Glimpse of 'Bagnold Dunes' Edging Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This is a frame from an animation that flips back and forth between views taken in 2010 and 2014 of a Martian sand dune at the edge of Mount Sharp, documenting dune activity.
PIA20161:
Change Observed in Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rippled surface of the first Martian sand dune ever studied up close fills this view of 'High Dune' from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. This site is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20168:
'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A wheel track left by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover exposes underlying material in a shallow sand sheet in this view from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The site is close to a large sand dune of similarly dark sand grains.
PIA20169:
Rover Track in Sand Sheet Near Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Marias Pass' area where a lower and older geological unit of mudstone.
PIA20174:
'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view partway back down a slope it climbed toward 'Marias Pass' on lower Mount Sharp. The image was taken May 22, 2015.
PIA20175:
Area with Silica-Rich Target Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Mastcam
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers an area in 'Bridger Basin' that includes the locations where the rover drilled a target called 'Big Sky' on the mission's Sol 1119 (Sept. 29, 2015).
PIA20270:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drilling Area on Mount Sharp
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Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes field on Mars. As on Earth, the downwind side of an active sand dune has a steep slope called a slip face.
PIA20281:
Slip Face on Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes on Mars. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA20282:
Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars, Stereo
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Mastcam
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Combining multiple images, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals fine details of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune.' Sand on this face of the dark dune has cascaded down a slope of about 26 to 28 degrees.
PIA20283:
Mastcam Telephoto of a Martian Dune's Downwind Face
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Patches of Martian sandstone visible in this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have a knobbly texture due to nodules apparently more resistant to erosion than the host rock in which some are still embedded.
PIA20322:
Knobbly Textured Sandstone on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse inside Gale Crater.
PIA20332:
Full-Circle Vista from 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This early-morning view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers a field of view of about 130 degrees of the inner wall of Gale Crater. The rover's location was on the
PIA20333:
Northern Portion of Gale Crater Rim Viewed from 'Naukluft Plateau'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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By monitoring weather throughout two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns such as shown in these graphs of temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure.
PIA20600:
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
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MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drilled sample site called 'Okoruso,' on the 'Naukluft Plateau' of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20602:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drilled sample site called 'Okoruso,' on the 'Naukluft Plateau' of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20603:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole
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Mastcam
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Two sizes of wind-sculpted ripples are evident in this view from NASA's Curiosity of the top surface of 'Namib Dune' in the Bagnold Dune Field. The larger ripples are a type not seen on Earth nor previously recognized as a distinct type on Mars.
PIA20755:
Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some of the targets for the laser and telescopic camera of the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument.
PIA20762:
Autonomous Selection of a Rover's Laser Target on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The rock in the foreground at right in this 3D scene is informally named 'Balombo.' The group of boulders is at a site called 'Bimbe.' NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows boulders composed of pebble-size and larger rock fragments.
PIA20836:
Breccia-Conglomerate Rocks on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the orbiter and lander, just after the orbiter would release the lander to descend through the martian atmosphere.
PIA05486:
On Its Own
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the entry, descent and landing sequence the lander would undergo on its way to Mars.
PIA05487:
The Tricky Part
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the launch of the martian sample back toward Earth.
PIA05488:
To Mars and Back
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle.
PIA05489:
Rendezvous in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-26 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Viking
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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This image montage features a two-dimensional radar cross section of Mars' north polar cap collected by SHARAD instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft (top), and a color image mosaic of the polar cap from NASA's Viking project (bottom)
PIA20029:
Signs of a Martian Ice Age
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Viking
HiRISE
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Viking Lander 1 (Thomas A. Mutch Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit
PIA01881:
Viking Lander 1 (Thomas A. Mutch Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit
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Viking
HiRISE
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Viking Lander 2 (Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit
PIA01882:
Viking Lander 2 (Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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This view shows the texture of the ground in the area that was favored as a landing site for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission. The pattern resembles permafrost terrain on Earth, where cycles of thawing and freezing cause cracking into polygon shapes.
PIA09702:
Terrain Type for Phoenix Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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Sweet Spot for Landing on Mars
PIA09948:
Sweet Spot for Landing on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-14 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
MARCI
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Late-summer Martian Dust Storm
PIA11230:
Late-summer Martian Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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Polygon Patterned Ground on Mars and on Earth
PIA10658:
Polygon Patterned Ground on Mars and on Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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Connecting the Dots: Lander, Heat Shield, Parachute
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Connecting the Dots: Lander, Heat Shield, Parachute
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
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The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured winter images of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander surrounded by dry-ice frost on Mars.
PIA12338:
Phoenix in Winter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, its backshell and heatshield visible within this enhanced-color image of the Phoenix landing site taken on Jan. 6, 2010 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA12490:
Phoenix Lander Amid Disappearing Spring Ice
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Phoenix
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Stages in the seasonal disappearance of surface ice from the ground around the Phoenix Mars Lander are visible in these images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Rover on 2-8-2010 and 2-25-2010, during springtime on northern Mars.
PIA12853:
Ice Around Phoenix Lander Continues to Lessen in Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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This image, taken Jan. 26, 2012, shows the back shell of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft after its second Martian arctic winter.
PIA15039:
Phoenix Back Shell After Second Martian Winter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
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This image, taken Jan. 26, 2012, shows NASA's no-longer-active Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft after its second Martian arctic winter.
PIA15110:
Phoenix Lander After Second Martian Winter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
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This view covers an area within the planned landing area for NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. It was taken by the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA09947:
Context Image of Planned Landing Site
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Phoenix
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Launch date makes a difference in the orientation of ellipses marking where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander would have a high probability of landing, given the planned targeting for the spring 2008 landing site.
PIA09946:
Possible Landing Ellipses for Phoenix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
MARCI
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This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.
PIA10672:
Clear Skies Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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This animation zooms in on the area on Mars where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will touchdown on May 25, 2008. The image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA10669:
Zooming in on Landing Site Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
MARCI
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Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.
PIA10788:
Martian Dust Storm on May 18, 2008 Animation Icon
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