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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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The mast-mounted portion of Mars 2020's SuperCam awaits integration into the Perseverance rover.
PIA24207:
SuperCam is Not Seeing Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-20 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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SuperCam's mast unit before being installed atop the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover's remote sensing mast.
PIA24208:
SuperCam Mast Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-27 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This graphic shows the location of four cameras and a microphone on the spacecraft for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission. These cameras will capture the entry, descent, and landing phase of the mission.
PIA24378:
Mars 2020 Camera and Microphone Location (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-16 Mars 2020 Rover
SuperCam
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This narrated animation shows NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars and how the rover's SuperCam laser instrument works.
PIA24426:
Animation: How Perseverance's SuperCam Works
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is equipped with two microphones that will capture the sounds during entry, descent, and landing, and sounds on the Martian surface.
PIA24166:
Mars 2020 Microphone Testing at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-18 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Perseverance rover was able to use its new Terrain-Relative Navigation technology to avoid hazards and find a safe place to land in Jezero Crater on Mars.
PIA23970:
Avoiding Hazards at Jezero Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-05 Mars 2020 Rover
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Photo of a rover wheel with etched illustration inside, featuring two sets of rover wheel tracks, one straight and one twisted.
PIA24552:
Rover DNA Inscription
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-09 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
PIA17276:
The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-26 MAVEN
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NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
PIA14754:
Primary Structure for MAVEN Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-18 MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars. MAVEN is in development for launch in 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.
PIA14761:
MAVEN at Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 MAVEN
Electra Relay Radio
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This radio hardware, the Electra UHF Transceiver on NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars, is designed to provide communication relay support for robots on the surface of Mars.
PIA17952:
Electra Relay Radio on MAVEN Mission to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-23 MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars.
PIA17487:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-21 Mars MAVEN
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This image shows an artist concept of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.
PIA18811:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer
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These eight graphs present data from the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer on NASA's MAVEN orbiter identifying ions of different metals added to the Martian atmosphere shortly after comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring sped close to Mars.
PIA18858:
Ions of Eight Metals from Comet Dust Detected in Mars Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft scanning the upper atmosphere of Mars. IUVS uses limb scans to map the chemical makeup and vertical structure across Mars' upper atmosphere.
PIA18856:
Artist's Concept of MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph at Work
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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The places where the red line on this graph extends higher than the blue line show detection of metals added to the Martian atmosphere from dust particles released by a passing comet on Oct. 19, 2014. The graphed data are from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
PIA18857:
Comet Meteor Shower Put Magnesium and Iron into Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-09 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's depiction shows the close encounter between comet Siding Sprng and Mars in 2014. The comet's powerful magnetic field temporarily merged with, and overwhelmed, the planet's weak magnetic field.
PIA20321:
Passing Comet Affects Magnetic Field at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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These profiles show the brightness of aurora emission in Mars' atmosphere at different altitudes. The data are from observations by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument (IUVS) on NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, or MAVEN.
PIA21857:
Martian Aurora 25 Times Brighter Than Prior Brightest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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Energetic particles from a large solar storm in September 2017 were seen both in Mars orbit by NASA's MAVEN orbiter, and on the surface of Mars by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21856:
Solar Storm's Radiation at Martian Orbit and Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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NASA's two MarCO CubeSats will be flying past Mars in September 2016 just as NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is descending through the Martian atmosphere and landing on the surface.
PIA19388:
Interplanetary CubeSat for Technology Demonstration at Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO technology demonstration display a full-scale mechanical mock-up of the small craft in development as part of NASA's next mission to Mars.
PIA19389:
Model of Mars-Bound MarCO CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-12 MarCO
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The full-scale mock-up of NASA's MarCO spacecraft held by Farah Alibay, a systems engineer for the project, is dwarfed by the one-half-scale model of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter behind her.
PIA19671:
Size Contrast for Mars CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-19 MarCO
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Joel Steinkraus, MarCO lead mechanical engineer from JPL, makes an adjustment on the CubeSat prior to integration in a deployment box as seen inside the cleanroom lab at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Monday, March 12, 2018.
PIA22321:
Preparing MarCO
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect the MarCO test bed, which contains components that are identical to those built for a flight to Mars.
PIA20341:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Cody Colley, MarCO integration and test deputy, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
PIA20342:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Joel Steinkraus, MarCO lead mechanical engineer, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA20343:
MarCO CubeSat Engineers 3
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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Engineers for NASA's MarCO (Mars Cube One) technology demonstration inspect one of the two MarCO CubeSats. Joel Steinkraus, MarCO lead mechanical engineer, left, and Andy Klesh, MarCO chief engineer, are on the team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA20344:
MarCO CubeSat Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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One of the two MarCO (Mars Cube One) CubeSat spacecraft, with its insides displayed, is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA20345:
MarCO Flight Hardware 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-20 MarCO
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One of the two MarCO (Mars Cube One) CubeSat spacecraft is seen at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA20346:
MarCO Flight Hardware 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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An artist's rendering of NASA's twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space.
PIA22314:
MarCOs Cruise in Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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An artist's rendering of NASA's twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space.
PIA22315:
Distant Perspective of MarCOs Cruise in Deep Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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An artist's rendering of NASA's twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft flying over Mars with Earth in the distance.
PIA22316:
MarCOs, Mars and Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA22317:
MarCO Being Tested in Sunlight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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Engineer Joel Steinkraus uses sunlight to test the solar arrays on one of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA22318:
Alternate: MarCO Being Tested in Sunlight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-29 MarCO
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Engineer Joel Steinkraus stands with both of the Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA22319:
Both MarCO Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-19 MarCO
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One of NASAs MarCO CubeSats inside a cleanroom at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, before being placed into its deployment box.
PIA22322:
MarCO and Dispenser
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-13 MarCO
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Illustration of one of the twin MarCO spacecraft with some key components labeled. Front cover is left out to show some internal components. Antennas and solar arrays are in deployed configuration.
PIA22548:
Mars Cube One in Detail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-16 MarCO
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This animation depicts the MarCO CubeSats relaying data from NASA's InSight lander as it enters the Martian atmosphere.
PIA22738:
MarCO Relaying Data from InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover (MER) from December, 2002.
PIA04239:
Artist's Concept of Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover (MER) from December, 2002.
PIA04240:
Artist's Concept of Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Two rovers were launched in 2003 and arrived at sites on Mars in January 2004.
PIA04413:
Artist's Concept of Rover on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 sits atop the deployed lander with its solar arrays and wheels stowed.
PIA04414:
Rover 1 in Cruise Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover parachute deployment testing in the world's largest wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, Calif.
PIA04415:
Parachute Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A 'Martian mechanic' checks beneath the completely deployed NASA's Rover 1 lander. Atop the lander is Rover 1 with its wheels and solar arrays in the stowed position.
PIA04416:
Rover 1 and Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 sits atop the deployed lander with its solar arrays and wheels stowed.
PIA04417:
Rover 1 and Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 2 equipment deck, with solar arrays partially deployed, in NASA's JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility's cleanroom.
PIA04418:
Rover 2 Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 in the cruise configuration in Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 25-ft Solar Thermal Vacuum Chamber where it underwent environmental testing.
PIA04419:
Environmental Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 2 is driven over staggered ramps to test the suspension's range of motion.
PIA04420:
Rover 2 Driving Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Members of the Mars Exploration Rovers Assembly, Test and Launch Operations team gather around NASA's Rover 2 and its predecessor, a flight spare of the Pathfinder mission's Sojourner rover, named 'Marie Curie.'
PIA04421:
Rover Family Photo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The twin rovers of NASA'a Mars Exploration Rover Mission pose with their groundbreaking predecessor, the flight spare of the Sojourner rover from NASA's 1997 Pathfinder mission.
PIA04422:
Rovers and Sojourner
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The twin rovers sit side-by-side in different stages of deployment. NASA's Rover 2's (left) front wheels are stowed, while NASA's Rover 1's front wheels are deployed.
PIA04424:
2 Stages of Deployment
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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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