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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers examine the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04425:
Robotic Arm of Rover 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers hand-deploying the solar arrays that provide the electrical power on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04426:
Rover 1 Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers making adjustments to NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04427:
Adjustments to Rover 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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One of two Mars Exploration Rovers sits inside its cruise stage waiting to undergo environmental testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA04820:
Mars Exploration Rover Makes Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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One of two Mars Exploration Rovers sits inside its cruise stage waitingto undergo environmental testing at NASA's Jet PropulsionLaboratory.
PIA04821:
Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft. This image shows the aeroshell, which includes the backshell as well as the heatshield.
PIA04822:
Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft -- areoshell (encapsulating the rover and lander) plus cruise stage.
PIA04823:
Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft -- areoshell (encapsulating the rover and lander) plus cruise stage.
PIA04824:
Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft -- areoshell (encapsulating the rover and lander) plus cruise stage.
PIA04825:
Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members with the Mars Exploration Rover.
PIA04826:
Rover Team
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Two generations of Rovers.
PIA04827:
Two Generations of Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The Mars Exploration Rover-2 is moved to a workstand in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
PIA04828:
Rover 2 Moved to Workstand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, an overhead crane lowers the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) aeroshell toward a rotation stand.
PIA04829:
Crane Lowers Aeroshell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Suspended by an overhead crane in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) aeroshell is guided by workers as it moves to a rotation stand.
PIA04830:
Closed Aeroshell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The aeroshell for Mars Exploration Rover 2 rests on end after rotation in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
PIA04832:
Bottom of Aeroshell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Technicians maneuver the aeroshell for Mars Exploration Rover 2 onto a workstand in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
PIA04833:
Opening Aeroshell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Engineers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission are completing assembly and testing for the twin robotic geologists at JPL.
PIA04834:
Mars Exploration Rover 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Engineers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission are completing assembly and testing for the twin robotic geologists at JPL.
PIA04835:
Mars Exploration Rover 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians reopen the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) to allow access to one of the spacecraft's circuit boards.
PIA04848:
Lander Petals of Rover 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the lander petals of the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2) have been reopened and its solar panels deployed to allow technicians access to the spacecraft to remove one of its circuit boards.
PIA04849:
Rover 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, technicians remove one of the circuit boards on the Mars Exploration Rover 2 (MER-2).
PIA04850:
Circuit Boards on Rover 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This closeup shows the size of the computer chip that holds about 35,000 laser-engraved signatures of visitors to the Mars Exploration Rovers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA04851:
Chip with 35,000 Signatures
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Air bags are installed on the lander on Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1).
PIA04852:
Air Bag Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Workers in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility prepare the heat shield that will be attached to the backshell, surrounding Mars Exploration Rover 1 (MER-1).
PIA04853:
Heat Shield Preparation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, workers prepare to lift the Mars Exploration Rover-1 (MER-B) onto a spin table during preflight processing of the spacecraft.
PIA04854:
Preflight Processing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-15 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars.
PIA04928:
Mars Exploration Rover, Vertical (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Airbags are fully inflated in this photograph taken at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory or 'Testbed,' where engineers simulated the orientation of the airbags during the deflation process.
PIA04999:
JPL Testbed Image of Inflated Airbags
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows the airbags in deflated position at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory, where engineers tested the airbags to ensure a safe landing on Mars.
PIA05000:
JPL Testbed Image of Deflated Airbag
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows the deflated airbags retracted underneath the lander petal at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory.
PIA05001:
JPL Testbed Image of Airbag Retraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers testing the rover stand-up motions. The rover is in an elevated pose, preparing to fold down its wheels, descend and stand up.
PIA05033:
Spirit Rises at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This still image illustrates what the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will look like as it rolls off the northeastern side of the lander on Mars. The image was taken from footage of rover testing at JPL's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'Testbed.'
PIA05043:
Roll-Off Test at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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This image, taken in the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory or 'Testbed,' shows the view from the front hazard avoidance cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after the rover has backed up and turned 45 degrees counterclockwise.
PIA05053:
Turning in the Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover as it attempts a complete 115-degree turn on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's in-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05065:
Roll-Off Dress Rehearsal at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover in a near-final turned position on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05066:
95-degree Position at JPL Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-15 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage from the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers rehearsing a crucial maneuver called egress in which NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit rolls off its lander platform and touches martian soil.
PIA05087:
Rover Rehearses Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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This close-up image of a penny shows the degree to which the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit can zoom in on a target.
PIA05093:
Penny for Your Reference
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage taken at the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers practicing the deployment of the test rover's robotic arm.
PIA05092:
Spirit Reaches Out at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Moessbauer Spectrometer
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Moessbauer spectrometer, an instrument on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit that detects iron-bearing minerals in martian rocks and soil.
PIA05111:
Powerful Yet Tiny Machine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Located on the arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer uses alpha particles and X-rays to determine the chemical make up of martian rocks and soils.
PIA05113:
Super Rover's X-Ray Vision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This high-resolution image shows a computer-generated model of Spirit's lander at Gusev Crater as engineers and scientists would have expected to see it from a perfect overhead view.
PIA05136:
Behold Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This 3-D image combines computer-generated models of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and its lander with real surface data from the rover's panoramic camera. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05137:
On Its Own
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-28 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Bearing a striking resemblance to a cluster of paper lanterns, these inflated airbags show a pattern of seams exactly like those left in the martian soil by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during landing at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05156:
Tracks 'Seam' Like Airbags
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This image taken at JPL shows engineers testing the route by which the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will roll off its lander. Opportunity touched down at Meridiani Planum, Mars on Jan. 24, 9:05 p.m. PST, 2004, Earth-received time.
PIA05171:
Engineers Test Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-02 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the panoramic camera used onboard both NASA Mars Exploration Rovers.
PIA05187:
Multihued Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Capture Magnet
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This image of a model capture magnet was taken after an experiment in a Mars simulation chamber at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. It has some dust on it, but not as much as that on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's capture magnet.
PIA05729:
Testing the Capture Magnet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spacecraft Assembly Facility in April 2002 shows early work on the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1 and later named Opportunity.
PIA05839:
Two Years Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 2003 shows work during final processing of the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover B and later named Opportunity.
PIA05840:
One Year Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers rehearsing the sol 133 (June 8, 2004) drive into 'Endurance' crater by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA06047:
The Test Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a rover test drive up a manmade slope.
PIA06316:
The Little Rover that Could
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This picture shows a model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit being tested for performance on five wheels at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA06685:
Testing Spirit on Five Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers prepare a mixture of sandy and powdery materials to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions inside a facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07894:
Preparing to Test Rover Mobility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07895:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07896:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover in the 'Columbia Hills' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03230:
Special-Effects Spirit in "Columbia Hills"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover on the flank of 'Husband Hill' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03231:
Special-Effects Spirit on Flank of "Husband Hill"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-21 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This synthetic image of NASA's Spirit Mars Exploration Rover on top of a rock called 'Jibsheet' was produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03232:
Special-Effects Spirit Silhouetted on "Jibsheet"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Synthetic image of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover inside 'Endurance Crater' produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03240:
Opportunity Inside 'Endurance Crater' (Simulated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Synthetic image of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover inside on 'Burns Cliff' produced using 'Virtual Presence in Space' technology.
PIA03241:
Opportunity on 'Burns Cliff' (Simulated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover
Opportunity on the rim of Victoria Crater. It is done to give a sense of scale
PIA08814:
Superimposed Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity atop the 'Cabo Frio' promontory on the rim of 'Victoria Crater' in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars. It is done to give a sense of scale.
PIA01292:
Opportunity on 'Cabo Frio' (Simulated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-28 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This frame from an animation shows a simulated rover descending into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove informally named 'Duck Bay.'
PIA09688:
Rolling into Victoria Crater (Simulation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members prepare a testing setup for a subsequent experiment after an experiment driving the rover in a crablike motion, with all four corner wheels angled to the right.
PIA12118:
After a Crabwalk Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg (left) and Mike Seibert fill a mixer with powdered clay and diatomaceous earth, a combination found to offer physical properties similar to the soil where NASA's rover Spirit is embedded on Mars.
PIA12099:
Preparing a Test Mixture
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Mike Seibert (left) and Paolo Bellutta add a barrowful of soil mixture to the sloped box where a test rover will be used for assessing possible maneuvers for NASA's rover Spirit to use in escaping from a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12100:
Filling the Simulated Sandtrap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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While a test rover rolls off a plywood surface into a prepared bed of soft soil, rover team members Colette Lohr (left) and Kim Lichtenberg (center) eye the wheels digging into the soil and Paolo Bellutta enters the next driving command.
PIA12101:
Test Rover Sinks into Prepared Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-01 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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With a slope of about 10 degrees and a pointy rock under the test rover's belly, this sandbox setup at NASA's JPL, is ready for engineers to use the test rover to assess possible moves for getting Mars rover Spirit out of a patch of loose Martian soil.
PIA12103:
Test Setup for Effort to Free Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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After commanding five of a test rover's six wheels to drive forward, rover driver Paolo Bellutta (left) measures how much the rover moved sideways, downslope, during the maneuver.
PIA12109:
Assessing Movement of Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-08 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mike Seibert and Sharon Laubach, engineers on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, check the exact position of a test rover in preparation for the next test of a possible maneuver for Spirit to use on Mars.
PIA12115:
Preparing for Next Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., prepare an experiment on July 13, 2009, for assessing how a test rover moves when embedded in loose soil and commanded to drive backward with wheels turned.
PIA12119:
Position Markers in Preparation for Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg and Joseph Carsten watch motions of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as the rover carries out commands for driving forward with an arc toward the right.
PIA12144:
Observing a Rover Pivot Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In this view from behind a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., the rear wheels of the rover are turned toward the left, and the left-front wheel is turned toward the right.
PIA12145:
Preparing for Rover Pivot Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover team members on July 21, 2009, tested how altering the order in which individual wheels turn for steering affects how those turns dig the wheels deeper into soft soil. From left: Alfonso Herrera, Vandana Verma, Bruce Banerdt.
PIA12150:
Testing Sequences of Wheel Turns
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-24 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on July 24, 2009, discuss the next step in preparing for a new phase in testing of possible moves for getting NASA's Mars rover Spirit out of a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12156:
Sandbox Tracks from Rover Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members continued longer-duration test runs this week, driving the test rover forward and uphill in a crab-like position. These long-duration drives will continue through the end of next week.
PIA12159:
Uphill Climb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A test setup at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory enables experiments with maneuvers being considered for use by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to get Spirit out of soft soil where it has become embedded.
PIA12171:
Laying the Groundwork for a Rover Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2009 is assessing possible maneuvers that the Mars rover Spirit might use for escaping from a patch of soft soil where it is embedded at a Martian site called 'Troy.'
PIA12183:
Second Test Rover Added for 'Free Spirit' Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Tests of possible maneuvers for use by NASA's rover Spirit on Mars include use of this lightweight test rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA12204:
Checking Tilt of Lightweight Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A screen shot from software used by the Mars Exploration Rover team for assessing movements by Spirit and Opportunity illustrates the degree to which Spirit's wheels have become embedded in soft material at the location called 'Troy.'
PIA12337:
Computer Reconstruction of Spirit's Predicament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover-team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., check slight movements by a test rover during tests simulating the challenge of getting NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit out of a sand trap on Mars.
PIA12352:
Sandbox Testing to Prepare for Driving Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-07 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The total distance driven on Mars by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, 21.35 miles by early December 2011, is approaching the record total for off-Earth driving, held by the robotic Lunokhod 2 rover operated on Earth's moon by the Soviet Union in 1973.
PIA14859:
Off-Earth Driving Champs (in Miles)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The total distance driven on Mars by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, 34.36 kilometers by early December 2011, is approaching the record total for off-Earth driving, held by the robotic Lunokhod 2 rover operated on Earth's moon by the Soviet Union in 1973.
PIA14860:
Off-Earth Driving Champs (in Kilometers)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This triangle plot shows the relative concentrations of some of the major chemical elements in the Martian rock 'Esperance.' The compositions of average Martian crust and of montmorillonite, a common clay mineral, are shown.
PIA17075:
Chemistry of Martian Rock "Esperance"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This plot segregates various minerals examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity according to their different compositions; for example, those with more iron and magnesium oxides are located in the lower right corner.
PIA17757:
Mineral Plot from 'Esperance' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Planning software used to write commands for NASA's Opportunity Mars rover shows the motion of the robotic arm, and an inset view of the Microscopic Imager.
PIA22311:
Simulation of Opportunity's Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15277:
Three Generations in Mars Yard, High Viewpoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15278:
Three Generations of Rovers in Mars Yard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15280:
Three Generations of Rovers with Crouching Engineers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15279:
Three Generations of Rovers with Standing Engineers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers. Both superimposed by special effects on a scene from Mars.
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-22 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
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The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft is depicted in orbit around Mars in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04802:
Mars Express, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-22 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
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The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft is depicted in orbit around Mars in this artist's concept stereo illustration. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA04803:
Mars Express, 3-D Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-29 Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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This frame from an animation portrays the unfolding of all three booms making up the antenna for the radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA08000:
Deployment of Mars Express Radar Antenna Sections (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These spectrograms from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter show the intensity of radar echo in Mars' far-northern ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014.
PIA18859:
Radar-Detected Change in Martian Near-Polar Ionosphere After Comet's Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS)
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These plots portray data from radar sounding of Mars' mid-latitude ionosphere at three times on Oct. 19 and 20, 2014. The data are from the MARSIS instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
PIA18860:
Change in Mars' Mid-Latitude Ionosphere After Comet Flyby
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-27 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) flying over Mars.
PIA17486:
Mars Global Surveyor (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-19 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Express (MEX)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This picture of the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor is from the first successful imaging of any spacecraft orbiting Mars taken by another spacecraft orbiting Mars.
PIA07944:
Mars Express Seen by Mars Global Surveyor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-03 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Imager for Mars Pathfinder
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'Marie Curie' sits on the lander petal prior to deployment during the pre-launch Operations Readiness Test (ORT) 6. NASA's Pathfinder, a low-cost Discovery mission, is the first of a new fleet of spacecraft that are planned to explore Mars.
PIA04305:
"Marie Curie" During ORT6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-03 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Imager for Mars Pathfinder
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'Marie Curie' rover drives down the rear ramp during Operational Readiness Test (ORT) 4. NASA's Pathfinder, a low-cost Discovery mission, is the first of a new fleet of spacecraft that are planned to explore Mars.
PIA04306:
"Marie Curie" During ORT4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-19 Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
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NASA's Mars Pathfinder was launched on a Delta Launch Vehicle at 1:56 am on 4 December 1996 from Cape Canaveral Spaceflight Center.
PIA04754:
Delta Rocket Launch Carrying Mars Pathfinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA04241:
Artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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