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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This view of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, results from advance testing of arm positions and camera pointings for taking a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Test Rover at JPL During Preparation for Mars Rover's Low-Angle Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Curiosity's Russian-made instrument for checking hydration levels in the ground beneath the rover detected an unusually high amount at a site near 'Marias Pass,' prompting repeated passes over the area to map the hydrogen amounts.
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Curiosity Finds Hydrogen-Rich Area of Mars Subsurface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp.
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Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle above the 'Buckskin' rock target, where the mission collected its seventh drilled sample. The site is in the 'Marias Pass' area of lower Mount Sharp.
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Curiosity Low-Angle Self-Portrait at 'Buckskin' Drilling Site on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This version of a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a drilling site called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp is presented as a stereographic projection, which shows the horizon as a circle.
PIA19806:
Round-Horizon Version of Curiosity's Low-Angle Selfie at 'Buckskin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from a rock target called 'Buckskin' on July 30, 2015, during the 1060th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The diameter is slightly smaller than a U.S. dime.
PIA19804:
Hole at 'Buckskin' Drilled Days Before Landing Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A southward-looking panorama combining images from both cameras of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows diverse geological textures on Mount Sharp.
PIA19803:
Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rock outcrop dubbed 'Missoula,' near Marias Pass on Mars, is seen in this image mosaic taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. Pale mudstone (bottom of outcrop) meets coarser sandstone (top) in this geological contact zone.
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Contact Zone: 'Missoula'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rock fragment dubbed 'Lamoose' is shown in this picture taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. Like other nearby rocks in a portion of the 'Marias Pass' area of Mt. Sharp, Mars, it has unusually high concentrations of silica.
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High-Silica 'Lamoose' Rock
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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.
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Panorama from Curiosity's Sol 1000 Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 3-D stereo view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a 360-degree panorama around the location where the rover spent its 1,000th Martian day, or sol, on Mars. The site is a valley just below 'Marias Pass' on lower Mount Sharp.
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Panorama from Curiosity's Sol 1000 Location (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a sandstone target called 'Big Arm' covers an area about 1.3 inches (33 millimeters) wide in detail that shows differing shapes and colors of sand grains in the stone.
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Diverse Grains in Mars Sandstone Target 'Big Arm'
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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 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows detailed texture of a rock target called 'Yellowjacket' on Mars' Mount Sharp.
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Auto-Focused on Details in "Yellowjacket" on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Martian outcrop where pale rock meets darker overlying rock near the middle of this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an example of a geological contact. It was taken with the rover's Navcam on May 21, 2015.
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Rover's Reward for Climbing: Exposed Geological Contact
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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.
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Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
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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.
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Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view 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.
PIA19400:
Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This map shows the route on lower Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity followed in April and early May 2015, in the context of the surrounding terrain. Numbers along the route identify the sol, or Martian day, on which it completed the drive.
PIA19399:
Curiosity's Path to Some Spring 2015 Study Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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)
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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 2015-04-22 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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A view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 8, 2015, catches sight of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover passing through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' on the lower slope of Mount Sharp.
PIA19392:
Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this scene toward the west just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past 10 kilometers (6.214 miles).
PIA19391:
Ten Kilometers and Counting, on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A green star marks the location of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover after a drive on the mission's 957th Martian day, or sol, (April 16, 2015). The map covers an area about 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) wide.
PIA19390:
Curiosity's Position After 10 Kilometers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19387:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19386:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward through a valley called
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Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes temperature and humidity sensors mounted on the rover's mast. One of the REMS booms extends to the left from the mast in this view.
PIA19164:
Mars Weather-Station Tools on Rover's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward.
PIA19163:
Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
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Night Close-up of Mineral Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2015-03-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a blast zone where the sky crane from NASA's Curiosity rover mission hit the ground after setting the rover down in August 2012. The images are from HiRISE on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA19159:
Changes in Scars From 2012 Mars Landing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This area at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars includes a pale outcrop, called 'Pahrump Hills,' that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover investigated from September 2014 to March 2015.
PIA19148:
Curiosity Heading Away from 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the position in which the rover held its arm for several days.
PIA19147:
Curiosity's Arm Holding Steady, Sol 915
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This raw-color view from Curiosity's Mastcam shows the rover's drill just after finishing a drilling operation at 'Telegraph Peak' on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19145:
Curiosity's Drill After Drilling at 'Telegraph Peak'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19140:
Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2015-02-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19115:
Site of Curiosity's Second Bite of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.
PIA19105:
Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rover's drill in position for a mini-drill test to assess whether a rock target called 'Mojave' is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample. It was taken on Jan. 13, 2015.
PIA19104:
Curiosity Conducting Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
PIA19091:
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the 'Cumberland' rock sample and amounts of it in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19090:
Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Samples Analyzed by Curiosity
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called 'Cumberland.'
PIA19089:
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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This illustration portrays possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere.
PIA19088:
Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
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This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
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Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
PIA19086:
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called 'Darwin' on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
PIA19083:
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim, showing evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found ancient streams, deltas and lakes.
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Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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This image depicts how a mountain inside a Mars' Gale Crater might have formed. At left, the crater fills with layers of sediment. Yellow is for deposits in alluvial fans, deltas, and drifts during both wet and dry periods.
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Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.
PIA19077:
Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake
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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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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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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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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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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior.
PIA19071:
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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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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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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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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HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19067:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to Base of Mount Sharp
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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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Navcam (MSL)
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This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. It was taken by Curiosity's Navcam on Nov. 13, 2014.
PIA18883:
Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
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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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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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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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Mastcam
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This image from an animiation of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the comet passed near the red planet on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA19043:
Mars Curiosity Rover Views Comet Siding Spring Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This view shows the path and some key places in a survey of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in autumn of 2014. The outcrop is at the base of Mount Sharp within Gale Crater.
PIA19039:
Mars Rover Curiosity's Walkabout at 'Pahrump Hills'
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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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Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill from the 'Confidence Hills' target -- the first rock drilled after Curiosity reached the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.
PIA19037:
'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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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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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a type of geometrically distinctive feature that researchers are using Curiosity to examine at a mudstone outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18610:
Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission.
PIA18609:
First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp
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Mastcam
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This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.
PIA18608:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'
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HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.
PIA18607:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'Pahrump Hills'
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HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.
PIA18785:
Geological Transition
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HiRISE
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This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.
PIA18784:
Bands on the 'Murray Formation'
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HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.
PIA18783:
'Murray Buttes' Mesa
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This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.
PIA18782:
Geologic Cross-Section
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HiRISE
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This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.
PIA18781:
Map of Lower Mount Sharp
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HiRISE
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This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'
PIA18780:
Curiosity Rover Planned Route
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Data from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show an unusual enrichment of silicon in the rocks dubbed 'Wildrose' and 'Bonanza King,' relative to other rocks studied at Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA18479:
Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon
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Mastcam
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The 'Bonanza King' rock on Mars, pictured here, was tapped by the drill belonging to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The tapping resulted in sand piling up on the rock after drilling, showing the rock was not firmly in place.
PIA18478:
Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling
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Mastcam
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A swept Martian rock called 'Bonanza King' can be seen in this image take by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. This rock is located across the boundary that defines the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18477:
A Bonanza of Clues About Mars
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Mastcam
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the 'Pahrump Hills' region on Mars.
PIA18476:
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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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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HiRISE
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This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'
PIA18474:
Slopes of Mount Sharp
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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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Hazcam (MSL)
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This image from the front Hazcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rover's drill in place during a test of whether the rock beneath it, 'Bonanza King,' would be an acceptable target for drilling to collect a sample.
PIA18603:
Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam
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Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called 'Bonanza King,' visible from the rover's Mastcam.
PIA18602:
Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target
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Mastcam
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This Aug. 12, 2012, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop that includes the 'Bonanza King' rock under consideration as a drilling target. Raised ridges on the flat rocks are visible at right.
PIA18601:
Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.
PIA18600:
View Down 'Hidden Valley' Ramp at 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
PIA18599:
Down Northeastern Ramp into 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looking up the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley,' a pale outcrop including drilling target 'Bonanza King' is at the center of the scene.
PIA18597:
Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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This image, taken on Aug. 4, 2014, from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows wheel tracks printed by the rover as it drove on the sandy floor of a lowland called 'Hidden Valley' on the route toward Mount Sharp.
PIA18590:
Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Panoramic Camera
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This full-circle panorama of the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on July 31, 2014, offers a view into sandy lower terrain called 'Hidden Valley'
PIA18409:
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'
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HiRISE
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The main map shows landforms near NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover's second anniversary of landing on Mars nears. The gold traverse line ends at Curiosity's position as of July 31, 2014 (Sol 705).
PIA18408:
Sandy Martian Valleys in Curiosity's Near Future
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MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.
PIA18401:
First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
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ChemCam
MAHLI
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A Martian target rock called 'Nova,' shown here, displayed an increasing concentration of aluminum as a series of laser shots from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover penetrated through dust on the rock's surface.
PIA18388:
Curiosity's ChemCam Examines Mars Rock Target 'Nova'
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
PIA18387:
Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
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ChemCam
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock 'shell' about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior.
PIA18396:
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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