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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA19087:
Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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)
Mastcam
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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)
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 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA19080:
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
PIA19079:
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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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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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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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 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 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)
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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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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)
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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 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 Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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 2014-11-18 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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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 2014-11-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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 2014-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from its landing site at 'Bradbury Landing.' The white line shows the planned route to reach destinations on Mount Sharp. Sol 669 will complete one Martian year.
PIA18392:
Curiosity Rover's Traverse, First 663 Sols on Mars
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HiRISE
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This map shows in red the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to nearly the completion of its first Martian year. The white line shows the planned route ahead.
PIA18391:
Curiosity's Progress on Route to Mount Sharp
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MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the MAHLI camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called 'Windjana.'
PIA18390:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site
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MAHLI
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This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.
PIA18092:
Mars Rock 'Windjana' After Examination
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MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.
PIA18091:
Nighttime Image of Laser Sharpshooting on Mars
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Navigation Camera
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows two holes at top center drilled into a sandstone target called 'Windjana.' The farther hole, with larger pile of tailings around it, is a full-depth sampling hole.
PIA18090:
Sample-Collection Drill Hole on Martian Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.
PIA18089:
Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'
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MAHLI
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This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.
PIA18088:
Martian Sandstone Target "Windjana" Before and After Brushing Animation Icon
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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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Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a sandstone slab on which the rover team has selected a target, 'Windjana,' for close-up examination.
PIA18086:
Curiosity Mars Rover Beside Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this stereo scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18084:
Stereo View of 'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.
PIA18083:
'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and its tracks are visible in this view combining information from three observations by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18082:
Stereo View of Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
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HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and tracks from its driving are visible in this view from orbit, acquired on April 11, 2014, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
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Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, taken on April 3, 2014, includes a bright spot near the upper left corner. Possible explanations include a glint from a rock or a cosmic-ray hit.
PIA18077:
Bright Spot Toward Sun in Image from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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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 (the start of the line in upper right) to a major waypoint called 'the Kimberley'.
PIA18076:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars in its approach to and April 1, 2014, arrival at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley,' which rover team scientists chose in 2013 as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
PIA18075:
Map of Curiosity Mars Rover's Drives to 'the Kimberley' Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this stereo view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18074:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. The site offers a diversity of rock types exposed close together.
PIA18073:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was taken the day before the rover's final approach drive to
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Curiosity's View From Before Final Approach to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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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
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Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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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
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Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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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
PIA17959:
Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
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Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view combining images taken on Feb. 10, 2014, by the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks back to where the rover crossed a dune at 'Dingo Gap' four days earlier. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17951:
Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Navcam (MSL)
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This panorama combining images taken on Feb. 10, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks back to where the rover crossed a dune at 'Dingo Gap' four days earlier. The view is centered toward the east and spans about 225 degrees.
PIA17950:
Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
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Navcam (MSL)
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On Feb. 19, 2014, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looked back after finishing a long drive. The rows of rocks just to the right of the fresh wheel tracks in this view are an outcrop called 'Junda.' This view is looking toward the east-northeast.
PIA17949:
Curiosity's View Back After Passing 'Junda' Striations
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Navcam (MSL)
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A stereo landscape scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows at 'Junda' forming striations in the foreground, with Mount Sharp on the horizon. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17948:
Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp (Stereo)
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Navcam (MSL)
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A landscape scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows at 'Junda' forming striations in the foreground, with Mount Sharp on the horizon.
PIA17947:
Martian Landscape with Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
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This map shows the route driven and route planned for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from before reaching 'Dingo Gap' in upper right, to the mission's next science waypoint, 'Kimberley' (formerly referred to as 'KMS-9'), lower left.
PIA17946:
Map of Recent and Planned Driving by Curiosity as of Feb. 18, 2014
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover caught its own shadow in this image taken just after completing a drive of 329 feet (100.3 meters) on the 547th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Feb. 18, 2014).
PIA17945:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Shadow After Long Backward Drive
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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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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on its mast to catch this look-back eastward at wheel tracks from driving through and past 'Dingo Gap' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17939:
Curiosity Making Headway West of 'Dingo Gap'
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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover drove over a dune spanning 'Dingo Gap' on Mars. The light-toned dome on the right side of the horizon is part of Mount Sharp.
PIA17938:
Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune Animation Icon
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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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Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17769:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014.
PIA17930:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap'
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ChemCam
Mastcam
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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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ChemCam
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As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is progressing toward Mount Sharp, researchers are using the rover's RIM and ChemCam instruments to examine soils and rocks in Gale Crater.
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Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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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.
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Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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HiRISE
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This map shows the route that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove inside Gale Crater from its landing in August 2013 through Jan. 26, 2004. The rover is approaching a gap between two low scarps, 'Dingo Gap.'
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Traverse Map for Mars Rover Curiosity as of Jan. 26, 2014
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