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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This photo composite shows an aerial view of FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, superimposed on Mars' Victoria Crater to give a sense of the crater's scale.
PIA08815:
Getting a Sense of Scale
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-15 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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This artist's concept illustrates how NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used radar to map the insides of the north polar ice cap on Mars.
PIA10653:
Peeling Back Layers of a Martian Polar Ice Cap (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-20 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This computer graphic image shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar.
PIA11433:
Three Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Mars Climate Sounder instrument, shown here prior to its installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the mission's 2006 launch, will get a similar-looking sibling at Mars in 2016.
PIA13352:
Climate Sounder Instrument for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars.
PIA16767:
Visualization of Buried Marte Vallis Channels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graphic depicts the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter measuring the temperature of a cross section of the Martian atmosphere as the orbiter passes above the south polar region.
PIA17263:
Scanning Martian Atmospheric Temperatures (Graphic)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graph shows changes in apparent brightness of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it approached and receded from Mars, as seen by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The pattern suggests the comet rotates once every eight hours.
PIA18862:
Brightness Rhythm of Mars Flyby Comet Is Clue to Rotation Rate
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graphic shows Martian atmospheric temperature data related to seasonal patterns in occurrence of large regional dust storms. The data shown here were collected by the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20746:
Seasonal Temperature Pattern Indicating Martian Dust Storms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This map shows the frequency of carbon dioxide frost's presence at sunrise on Mars, as a percentage of days year-round, based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA20758:
Where on Mars Does Carbon Dioxide Frost Form Often?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-23 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This graph shows rising air during a 2007 global dust storm on Mars lofted water vapor into the planet's middle atmosphere based on data from the Mars Climate Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA22080:
Water Vapor Reaches Mars' Middle Atmosphere During Global Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This animation shows the evolution of the 2018 Mars global dust storm from late May to September as measured by the Mars Climate Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA22737:
Mars Climate Sounder Studies 2018 Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flying over NASA's Curiosity (shown in pink) as the rover lands on the Red Planet.
PIA15964:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Flying Over Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-05 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15968:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the orbiter and lander, just after the orbiter would release the lander to descend through the martian atmosphere.
PIA05486:
On Its Own
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the entry, descent and landing sequence the lander would undergo on its way to Mars.
PIA05487:
The Tricky Part
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the launch of the martian sample back toward Earth.
PIA05488:
To Mars and Back
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle.
PIA05489:
Rendezvous in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-03 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept shows the proposed NASA Mars sample return mission above the red planet.
PIA05491:
Roundtrip Ticket To Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays an aeroshell-encased spacecraft approaching Mars. This spacecraft would put a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle onto the surface of Mars.
PIA14261:
Mars Sample Return Spacecraft Before Arrival (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps (A through F) in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14262:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Labeled Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14263:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays a rocket-powered descent stage lowering a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle to the surface.
PIA14264:
Landing on Mars for a Short Stay (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the launch of an ascent vehicle. The solar panels in the foreground are part of a rover.
PIA14265:
Martian Samples Leaving Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the capture of a collection of Martian samples by a spacecraft orbiting Mars. The samples would have been collected on Mars by a rover and lifted to orbit by an ascent vehicle.
PIA14266:
Rendezvous in Martian Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the separation of an Earth entry vehicle, bearing a container of Martian rock samples, from the main spacecraft that would have carried it from Martian orbit nearly to Earth.
PIA14267:
Special Delivery from Mars to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept of what a rover fetching rock and soil samples on Mars for return to Earth could look like.
PIA23493:
Fetch Rover Approaching Sample Tubes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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In this illustration of a Mars sample return mission concept, a lander carrying a fetch rover touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA23494:
Mars Sample Return Lander Touchdown (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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In this illustration of a Mars sample return mission concept, a robotic arm transfers samples of Martian rock and soil from a fetch rover onto a lander.
PIA23495:
Robotic Arm Transferring Tubes From Fetch Rover to Lander (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept of how the NASA Mars Ascent Vehicle could be launched from the surface of Mars in one step of the Mars sample return mission.
PIA23496:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Launching with Samples (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration of a Mars sample return mission's lander concept shows a spacecraft after touchdown on the Red Planet.
PIA23711:
Mars Sample Return Lander With Solar Panels Deployed (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept for a Mars Ascent Vehicle releasing a sample container high above the Martian surface.
PIA23500:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Deploying Sample Container in Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-25 Mars Sample Return
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This image shows a concept model of NASA's orbiting sample container, which will hold tubes of Martian rock and soil samples that will be returned to Earth through a Mars sample return campaign.
PIA23712:
Mars Sample Return Orbiting Sample Container Concept Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory travels near a canyon on Mars in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04892:
Mars Science Laboratory at Canyon (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-01 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Sunset on Mars catches NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in the foreground in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.
PIA04893:
Mars Science Laboratory at Sunset (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This picture is an artist's concept portraying what NASA's Mars Science Laboratory would look like when examining a rock outcrop on Mars.
PIA08487:
Mars Science Laboratory at Work (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA08553:
Mars Science Laboratory with Arm Extended, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is bent at nearly a 90-degree angle.
PIA12459:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm Bent at Nearly a 90-degree Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In this image, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory test and 'flex' Curiosity's robotic arm and tools. A video can be viewed at the Photojournal.
PIA12839:
Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-16 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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In the middle of this image taken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the long robotic arm of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rises straight up toward the ceiling of the lab where it is being tested.
PIA12837:
Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life, is in development for a launch opportunity in 2011 (previously 2009).
PIA09201:
Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's conception of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory portrays use of the rover's ChemCam instrument to identify the chemical composition of a rock sample on the surface of Mars.
PIA09202:
Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory calls this test rover 'Scarecrow' because the vehicle does not include a computer brain. Mobility engineers use this test rover to evaluate mobility and suspension performance.
PIA10016:
"Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An engineering model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory makes its way up a hill in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10014:
"Scarecrow" Descends Hill
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Onlookers watch as Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily conquers boulders in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10015:
Shutterbugs Shoot "Scarecrow"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Scarecrow, a mobility-testing model for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, easily traverses large rocks in the Mars Yard testing area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA10013:
"Scarecrow" Climbs Rocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rovers keep getting bigger. This photo provides a comparison of the wheel sizes for three generations of them.
PIA10017:
Rover Wheel Sizes (Isometric)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10205:
Parachute Testing for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The team developing the landing system for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory tested the deployment of an early parachute design in mid-October 2007 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
PIA10208:
Testing a Parachute for Mars in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wheels were first attached to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in August 2008. The rover and its descent stage and cruise stage were assembled and tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for launch in 2009.
PIA11422:
Next NASA Mars Rover Gets Its Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These three images show the progression of 'stacking' NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and its descent stage in one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 'clean room.'
PIA11423:
So Happy Together Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from early October 2008 shows personnel working on the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11425:
Descent Stage of Mars Science Laboratory During Assembly
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This view of a portion of the descent stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory shows two of the stage's three spherical fuel tanks flanking the bridle device assembly.
PIA11426:
Bridle Device in Mars Science Laboratory Descent Stage
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Each of the six wheels for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is about half a meter (20 inches) in diameter.
PIA11427:
Wheel for Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This is hardware for controlling the final lowering of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover to the surface of Mars from the spacecraft's hovering, rocket-powered descent stage.
PIA11428:
Device for Lowering Mars Science Laboratory Rover to the Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image taken in August 2008 in a clean room at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., shows NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11429:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover Taking Shape
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This image from July 2008 shows the aeroshell for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory while it was being worked on by spacecraft technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver.
PIA11430:
Aeroshell for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11431:
Size Comparison: Three Generations of Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Out of more than 30 sites considered as possible landing targets for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, by November 2008 four of the most intriguing places on Mars rose to the final round of the site-selection process.
PIA11432:
Four Finalist Landing Site Candidates for Mars Science Laboratory
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Full-scale models of three generations of NASA Mars rovers show the increase in size from the Sojourner rover of the Mars Pathfinder project, to the twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, to the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
PIA11436:
Newest is Biggest: Three Generations of NASA Mars Rovers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft -- cruise stage atop the aeroshell, which has the descent stage and rover inside -- were connected together in October 2008 for several weeks of system testing.
PIA11437:
Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembled for Testing
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This image from August 2008 shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover in the course of its assembly, before additions of its arm, mast, laboratory instruments and other equipment.
PIA11438:
Wheels and Suspension on Mars Science Laboratory Rover
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, called the descent stage, does its main work during the final few minutes before touchdown on Mars.
PIA11439:
Mars Science Laboratory's Descent Stage
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This portion of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, called the cruise stage, will do its work during the flight between Earth and Mars after launch in the fall of 2011.
PIA11440:
Cruise Stage of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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In this February 17, 2009, image, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover is attached to the spacecraft's descent stage. The image was taken inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA11808:
Mars Science Laboratory Rover and Descent Stage
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11981:
Mars Science Laboratory Parachute Qualification Testing
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11993:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing during March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., qualified the parachute for NASA's next Mars rover.
PIA11992:
Parachute Opening During Tests for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-22 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission opens to a diameter of nearly 16 meters (51 feet).
PIA11994:
Large Parachute for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
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The parachute for NASA's next mission to Mars passed flight-qualification testing in March and April 2009 inside the world's largest wind tunnel, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
PIA11995:
Mars Parachute Testing in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-12 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alliance Spacesystems are testing the range of motion of the Mars Science Laboratory rover's robotic arm joints.
PIA12069:
The Rover Gets Strong-Armed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows NASA's Mars Science Laboratory heat shield, and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. It is the largest heat shield ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet.
PIA12117:
Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-30 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed, wind direction and air temperature; image taken during installation of the instrument inside a clean room at NASA's JPL.
PIA13646:
Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, delivered the two cameras for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument of NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in March 2011.
PIA13017:
Sample Image Through Camera Built for Next Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 100 offers telephoto capability.
PIA13018:
Mastcam 100: Longer Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will use a side-by side pair of cameras for examining terrain around the mission's rover, Curiosity. The Mastcam 34 offers wider-angle viewing.
PIA13019:
Mastcam 34: Shorter Focal-Length Eye of Mast Camera Pair for Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows the test radar affixed to a gimbal mounting at the front of a helicopter, carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
PIA13030:
Radar Testing for Mars Science Labotatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, taken April 9, 2010, shows a helicopter carrying an engineering test model of the landing radar for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory over a patch of desert with abundant California poppies.
PIA13031:
Testing of Mars Landing Radar near Lancaster, Calif.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image taken March 25, 2010 shows preparations for radar testing for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. This day's work evaluated a setup for suspending a rover mock-up beneath a helicopter at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, Calif.
PIA13032:
Preparation for Testing of Mars Landing Radar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-26 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the 'sky crane' landing in 2012.
PIA13162:
Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-11 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This test for the radar system to be used during the August 2012 descent and landing of NASA Mars rover Curiosity mounted an engineering test model of the radar system onto the nose of a helicopter.
PIA13187:
Test at NASA Dryden of Radar System for Next Mars Landing
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The engineering test model for the radar system that will be used during the next landing on Mars is shown here mounted onto a helicopter's nose gimbal during a May 12, 2010, test at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
PIA13188:
Test Model of Mars Landing Radar
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In advance of a testing flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, members of the test team prepare the engineering model of the Mars Science Laboratory descent radar on the nose gimbal of a helicopter. The yellow disks are the radar's antennae.
PIA13189:
Preparing for a Mars Radar Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars have also yielded spinoff versions with diverse applications on Earth and, possibly, the moon.
PIA13230:
Laboratory-in-a-Box has Uses on Mars, Earth, Elsewhere
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CheMin
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Members of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory team carefully steer the hoisted Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument during its June 15, 2010, installation into the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity.
PIA13231:
Chemistry and Mineralogy Instrument Installed in Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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With the wheels and suspension system already installed onto one side of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity the previous day, spacecraft engineers and technicians prepare the other side's mobility subsystem for installation on June 29, 2010.
PIA13234:
Installation of Curiosity's Wheels and Suspension
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-05 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars rover Curiosity, the centerpiece of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is coming together for extensive testing prior to its late 2011 launch.
PIA13235:
Mars rover Curiosity with Newly Installed Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In the middle of this image, three wheels are shown raised by a lift, with engineers on both sides of the wheels in the cleanroom, where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled.
PIA13236:
New Wheels
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In this picture, the Curiosity rover sports a set of six new wheels. The wheels were installed on June 28 and 29 in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13237:
Wheel Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In this image taken from a video clip, NASA's Curiosity rover's wheels are shown hoisted on a pink crane and moving closer to the rover's body. Video is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13238:
New Wheels (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-13 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken in the cleanroom where NASA's Curiosity rover is being assembled. It shows the rover, which is about the size of an SUV, hoisted on a white lift, with its black wheels suspended in the air.
PIA13273:
Wheels Spinning Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-19 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARDI
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Ken Edgett, deputy principal investigator for NASA's Mars Descent Imager, holds a ruler used as a depth-of-field test target. The instrument took this image inside the Malin Space Science Systems clean room in San Diego, CA, during calibration testing.
PIA13281:
Test Image by Mars Descent Imager
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This graphic portrays the sequence of key events in August 2012 from the time the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, with its rover Curiosity, enters the Martian atmosphere to a moment after it touches down on the surface.
PIA13282:
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars
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A pocketknife provides scale for this image of the Mars Descent Imager camera; the camera will fly on the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, Calif., supplied the camera for the mission.
PIA13283:
Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Curiosity's 'eyes' (the Mastcam) are shrouded in a silvery material, awaiting their first look around the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover is being built.
PIA13294:
Close-Up View of Curiosity's "Head"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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In the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers gather around the base of Curiosity's 'neck' (the Mast) as they slowly lower it into place for attachment to the rover's 'body' (the Wet Electronics Box, or 'WEB').
PIA13295:
Connecting Curiosity's "Neck"
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are dressed head to toe in 'bunny suits' only their eyes and foreheads can be seen. They are huddled around the base of the rover Curiosity's 'neck' (its Mast).
PIA13293:
Attaching Curiosity's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb holds umbilical cables for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the rover's first drive test, on July 23, 2010. NASA will launch Curiosity in late 2011 for arrival at Mars in August 2012.
PIA13306:
Next Mars Rover Starts Rolling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test operator in clean-room garb observes rolling of the wheels during the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13307:
Close Look at Curiosity's First Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-29 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Technicians and engineers in clean-room garb monitor the first drive test of NASA's Curiosity rover, on July 23, 2010. Technicians and engineers conducted the drive test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
PIA13308:
Curiosity at Center of Attention During Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-02 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space.
PIA13359:
Mars Science Laboratory's Cruise Stage in Test Chamber
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