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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover placed the APXS instrument onto the rock to assess what chemical elements were present in the rock.
PIA16220:
Curiosity's Rock-Contact Science Begins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's rover Curiosity appears as a bluish dot near the lower right corner of this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA17080:
View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The route of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover up the slopes of Mount Sharp on Mars is indicated in yellow in this image. The rover's current position is marked with a star. This new route provides excellent access to many features in the 'Murray Formation.'
PIA18475:
Curiosity's Next Steps
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. NASA has selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
PIA14293:
Daybreak at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mars scientists have several important hypotheses about how these minerals may reflect changes in the amount of water on the surface of Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full suite of instruments to study these minerals.
PIA14297:
Rock Layers in Lower Mound in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14300:
Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14301:
Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14303:
Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The area in and near the landing site selected for landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory offers a diversity of possible targets for examination by the mission's rover, Curiosity.
PIA14305:
Attractions for Study in and near Curiosity's Selected Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The lower portion of a mountain inside Gale crater on Mars contains layers that may be examined by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. A landing site in Gale, close to the foot of the mountain, has been selected for the mission.
PIA14306:
Attractions in Layers of Mountain Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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One type of feature of scientific interest on the mountain inside Gale crater is exposure of cemented fractures, evidence that groundwater once reached to at least that height of the mountain. This image is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14307:
Cemented Fractures in Mountain Inside Gale Crater on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
Mastcam
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.
PIA16766:
Check-up Image After Delivering Martian Rock Powder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Color coding in this image of Gale Crater on Mars represents differences in elevation. The vertical difference from a low point inside the landing ellipse for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (yellow dot) to a high point on the mountain inside the crater.
PIA15093:
Topography of Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
PIA15095:
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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Gale Crater, where the rover Curiosity of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will land in August 2012, contains a mountain rising from the crater floor.
PIA15101:
Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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This artist's impression Mars' Gale Crater depicts a cross section through the mountain in the middle of the crater, from a viewpoint looking toward the southeast. NASA's rover Curiosity will land in Gale Crater in August 2012.
PIA15102:
Cross Section of Gale Crater, Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This is a close-up view of the northern two-thirds of one of the quadrangles (number 50) that were mapped onto the landing region of NASA's Curiosity rover; background image obtained by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA15957:
Close-up of Curiosity's Landing Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is set to land, belongs to a family of large, very old craters shown here on this elevation map. The data come from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
PIA15958:
Gale Crater is Low on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser to examine side-by-side points in a target patch of soil, leaving the marks apparent in this before-and-after comparison.
PIA15695:
Marks of Laser Exam on Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 2, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity.
PIA15962:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 2, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Oct. 28, 2008, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15963:
Mars Weather Map, 2008
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15968:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
PIA15978:
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The green diamond shows approximately where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse).
PIA15981:
Where Curiosity Landed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box.
PIA15980:
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the small white box at center.
PIA15983:
Curiosity Flying Over Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
PIA15979:
Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.
PIA15988:
Curiosity's Heat Shield in View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover revealing surface features including relatively dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features including small escarpments.
PIA15989:
Martian Surface Below Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.
PIA15990:
Curiosity Kicking up Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover and is representative of the images acquired once the Curiosity rover was resting on the surface of Mars after touchdown.
PIA15991:
Curiosity Color Close-Up upon Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover illustrating the first appearance of the left front wheel of the Curiosity rover after deployment of the suspension system as the vehicle was about to touch down on Mars.
PIA15992:
Curiosity's Wheel During Descent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Late last night, in the morning hours of Aug. 6, as NASA's Curiosity rover fell to the surface of Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured an image of the rover gliding on its parachute.
PIA15993:
Curiosity Sails to Mars as Heat Shield Falls Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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This image shows the location (green) where scientists estimate NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars within Gale Crater, based on images from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI).
PIA15995:
Narrowing in on Curiosity's Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the afternoon of the first day of landing. In the distance, the image shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater.
PIA15691:
First Color Landscape Image of Mars from Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
Mars Descent Imager
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This imagery is being released in association with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This is a temporary caption to be replaced as soon as more information is available.
PIA15996:
Nailing Down Curiosity's Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view shows Curiosity's heat shield, which helped the rover survive the harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, on the surface of Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after landing.
PIA15997:
Final Resting Spot for Curiosity's Heat Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view shows the rover Curiosity's parachute and back shell strewn across the surface of Mars. The image was captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the parachute helped guide the rover to the surface.
PIA15998:
Evidence of a Job Well Done
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows darkened radial jets caused by the impact of Curiosity's sky crane, which helped deliver the rover to the surface of Mars.
PIA15999:
Signs of the Sky Crane's Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This close-up view shows NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. The image was captured by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the rover made its grand appearance on Mars.
PIA16000:
Curiosity Spotted!
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA's Curiosity rover were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) which captured this image about 24 hours after landing.
PIA16001:
Scene of a Martian Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image is a 3-D view behind NASA's Curiosity rover. The anaglyph was made from a stereo pair of Hazard-Avoidance Cameras on the rear of the rover. It has been cropped.
PIA16002:
3-D View from Behind Curiosity
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This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover. Mount Sharp is visible rising above the terrain, though in one 'eye' a box on the rover holding the drill bits obscures the view.
PIA16004:
3-D View from the Front of Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This picture from NASA's Curiosity rover puts a color view obtained by the rover in the context of a computer simulation derived from images acquired from orbiting spacecraft. The view looks north, showing the distant ridge of Gale Crater.
PIA16007:
Curiosity's Landscape Portrait in Context
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This image comparison shows a view through a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover before and after the clear dust cover was removed. Both images were taken by a camera at the front of the rover. Mount Sharp, looms ahead.
PIA16005:
Clear Views on Mars
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This full-resolution image shows one of the first views from NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early morning hours Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA15994:
Curiosity's Early Views of Mars
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CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
PIA16014:
Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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This is the first image taken by the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. It shows the shadow of the rover's now-upright mast in the center, and the arm's shadow at left. The arm itself can be seen in the foreground.
PIA16010:
Curiosity Looks Away from the Sun
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This is the first 360-degree panoramic view from NASA's Curiosity rover, taken with the Navigation cameras. Mount Sharp is to the right, and the north Gale Crater rim can be seen at center. The rover's body is in the foreground.
PIA16011:
Curiosity Takes It All In
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This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.
PIA16012:
Rover's Self Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's 'head' or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
PIA16013:
Curiosity's New Home
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
PIA16016:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars. This image shows the inside surface of the heat shield, with its protective multi-layered insulation.
PIA16021:
Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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RAD
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
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Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
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Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock
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HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA16019:
A Better Look of the Martian Surface Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras. This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation cameras.
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Checking out the Rover Deck in Full Resolution
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This full-resolution image shows part of the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover taken from one of the rover's Navigation cameras looking toward the back left of the rover. On the left, part of the rover's power supply is visible.
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A Clear Look at the Rover Deck
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Mastcam
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This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.
PIA16029:
Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color
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This image shows the quadrangle where NASA's Curiosity rover landed, within the expansive Gale Crater. The mission's science team has divided the landing region into several square quadrangles, or quads, of interest about 1-mile (1.3-kilometers) wide.
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Curiosity's Quad
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HiRISE
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The geological context for the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover is visible in this image mosaic obtained by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Staking out Curiosity's Landing Site
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 5, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Mars Weather Map, Aug. 5
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This mosaic image shows part of the left side of NASA's Curiosity rover and two blast marks from the descent stage's rocket engines. The rim of Gale Crater is the lighter colored band across the horizon. The back of the rover is to the left.
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Traces of Landing
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This portion of an image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been annotated to show the relative positions between NASA's Curiosity rover (right) and the impact site of its sky crane, or descent stage.
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Inspecting Curiosity's Descent Stage Crash Site
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The red 'X' marks the spot where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. This is well within the targeted landing region, called the landing 

ellipse, marked by the light blue line.
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Zeroing in on Rover's Landing Site
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The distant blob seen in the view on left, taken by a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, may be a cloud created during the crash of the rover's descent stage.
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Witnessing the Descent Stage Crash?
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This color-enhanced view, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead, shows the terrain around the Curiosity's landing site within Gale Crater on Mars. The rover is seen as the circular object.
PIA16056:
A Whole New World for Curiosity
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This color-enhanced view of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors.
PIA16057:
Curiosity in Exaggerated Color
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Context Camera
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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NASA's Curiosity rover landed in the Martian crater known as Gale Crater, which is approximately the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. A green dot shows where the rover landed, well within its targeted landing ellipse, outlined in blue.
PIA16058:
Curiosity Cradled by Gale Crater
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This self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover from the rover's Navigation camera. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen at upper right.
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Bird's Eye View of Curiosity
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Navcam (MSL)
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This full-resolution self-portrait shows the deck of NASA's Curiosity rover. The back of the rover can be at top left, two of the right side wheels at left, and the undulating rim of Gale Crater forms the lighter color strip in the background.
PIA16063:
Still Life with Rover
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HiRISE
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This image shows the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and destinations scientists want to investigate. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the green dot, within the Yellowknife quadrangle.
PIA16064:
Martian Treasure Map
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HiRISE
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This image shows a closer view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover and a destination nearby known as Glenelg. Curiosity landed inside Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT) at the blue dot.
PIA16065:
Glenelg Intrigue
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Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.
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Naming the Scour Marks
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This cropped image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows one set of marks on the surface of Mars where blasts from the descent-stage rocket engines blew away some of the surface material.
PIA16067:
Goulburn Scour Mark
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This image (cut out from a mosaic) shows the view from the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover toward the lower reaches of Mount Sharp, where Curiosity is likely to begin its ascent through hundreds of feet (meters) of layered deposits.
PIA16068:
The Promised Land
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ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
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Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
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Checking out ChemCam's View
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Hazcam (MSL)
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover front hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are are the 'pigeon-toed' the wheels.
PIA16060:
Curiosity's View From Below
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The Curiosity engineering team created this cylindrical projection view from images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover rear hazard avoidance cameras underneath the rover deck on Sol 0. Pictured here are the 'pigeon-toed' wheels in their stowed position from
PIA16061:
A View From Below the Rover Deck
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This 360-degree image shows a complete, full-resolution panorama around NASA's Curiosity rover. The pointy rim of Gale Crater can be seen as a lighter strip along top right of the image. The base of Mount Sharp can be seen along top left.
PIA16074:
All Around Curiosity
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Navcam (MSL)
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With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover.
PIA16077:
The Heights of Mount Sharp
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity extended its robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012, for the first time on Mars and used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view of the extended arm.
PIA15692:
Curiosity Extends Arm for First Time on Mars
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This graph shows readings for atmospheric pressure at the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover. The data were obtained by Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2012.
PIA16080:
First Pressure Readings on Mars
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This graph shows the rise and fall of air and ground temperatures on Mars obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16081:
Taking Mars' Temperature
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Mastcam
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16086:
Part of Curiosity's Outstretched Arm, Full-Resolution
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This image from an animated gif shows the movement of the rear right wheel of NASA's Curiosity as rover drivers turned the wheels in place at the landing site on Mars.
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Wiggle in the Gravel Animation Icon
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This photo mosaic shows the scour mark, dubbed 'Goulburn,' left by the thrusters on the sky crane that helped lower NASA's Curiosity rover to the Red Planet.
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Zapping Rocks Exposed by the Sky Crane's Thrusters
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This 360-degree panorama shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover; the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters).
PIA16092:
Curiosity's First Track Marks on Mars
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