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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This photo taken in the Mars Yard at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, California, on Aug. 1, 2017, shows a step in development of possible alternative techniques that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover might be able to use to resume drilling into rocks on Mars.
PIA22062:
New Rock-Drilling Method in 'Mars Yard' Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-17 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A test of a new percussive drilling technique at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA's Curiosity rover will test percussive drilling on Mars for the first time since December 2016.
PIA22324:
Percussive Drill Test at JPL Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-31 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Side-by-side images depict NASA's Curiosity rover (left) and a moon buggy driven during the Apollo 16 mission.
PIA23041:
A Mars Buggy and a Moon Buggy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-14 Mars Science Helicopter
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This illustration shows a conceptual design of a Mars Science Helicopter, a proposed follow-on to NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
PIA24729:
Proposed Mars Science Helicopter (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-12 Mars Science Helicopter
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A model of NASA's Mars Science Helicopter concept is shown in this photo. This helicopter concept is a more capable proposed follow-on to NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
PIA25661:
Model of Proposed Mars Science Helicopter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples collected from the Mars surface by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA24870:
Mars Sample Return Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-12-13 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped this prototype to learn how a future Sample Return Lander could safely touch down on Mars.
PIA24766:
Testing a Lander Touchdown
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-08 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) in powered flight.
PIA25076:
Mars Ascent Vehicle (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-08 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), which will carry tubes containing Martian rock and soil samples into orbit around Mars.
PIA25078:
Mars Samples in Orbit (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface.
PIA25277:
Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-04-21 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Mars lander-and-rocket combination that would play a key role in returning to Earth samples of Mars material collected by the Perseverance rover.
PIA25278:
Mars Sample Retrieval Lander-Mars Ascent Vehicle Launch Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-07-27 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples of rocks and soil being collected from the Martian surface by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover.
PIA25326:
Mars Sample Return Concept Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-12 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration depicts the Mars Earth Entry System for the Mars Sample Return campaign. The system would contain the orbiting sample inside a disk-shaped vehicle with a heat shield for safe entry through the Earth's atmosphere.
PIA25336:
Mars Earth Entry System Aeroshell at Entry (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-03-30 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the proposed process for recovering Mars samples gathered by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover after they are returned to Earth as part of the joint NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return Campaign.
PIA25857:
Mars Samples: Proposed Containment and Transport
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), one of the flight missions making up the Mars Sample Return campaign to bring martian rock and atmospheric samples back to Earth.
PIA25891:
Artist's concept of the Earth Return Orbiter over Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), the biggest spacecraft to ever orbit Mars.
PIA25892:
Earth Return Orbiter Infographic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the Earth Return Orbiter (ERO), one of the flight missions making up the Mars Sample Return campaign to bring martian rock and atmospheric samples back to Earth.
PIA25893:
Artist's Concept of Earth Return Orbiter Releasing Capsule containing Martian Samples
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This artist's concept shows the proposed Capture, Containment, and Return System, a NASA payload on the European Space Agency's Earth Return Orbiter.
PIA25894:
Artist's concept of the Capture, Containment, and Return System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-20 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This illustration shows the proposed Capture, Containment, and Return System, a NASA payload on the European Space Agency's Earth Return Orbiter.
PIA25860:
Illustration of the Capture, Containment, and Return System for Mars Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-07-31 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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A development motor based on the second-stage solid rocket motor design for NASA's Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) undergoes testing March 29, at Northrop Grumman's facility in Elkton, Maryland.
PIA25967:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Second Stage Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-03 Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This artist's concept shows Mars Sample Return Earth Entry System. The vehicle would bring curated Martian samples collected by NASA's Perseverance Rover on the final leg of their journey from Mars to Earth.
PIA25986:
Artist's Concept of the Earth Entry System for Mars Sample Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Engineer Abel Dizon explains how drop tests are conducted for a prototype lander being designed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Mars Sample Return campaign.
PIA25822:
Testing a Prototype Mars Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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Morgan Montalvo, another JPL engineer, sets guardrails on the floor below the prototype in a test of a scenario where the lander would stub a toe against a rock while touching down on Mars.
PIA25823:
Setting Guardrails for Mars Lander Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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This setup is being used at JPL to test a 16-inch-diameter (40-centimeter-diameter) footpad for a future Mars lander.
PIA25824:
A Full-Size Footpad Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-10 Mars Mars Sample Return (MSR)
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JPL engineer Patrick DeGrosse reviews data from a drop test of a full-size lander footpad with a group of fellow engineers.
PIA25826:
Going Over the Footpad Test Data
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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 2021-02-17 Mars Mars Sample Return
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During the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, pristine samples of Mars rock and regolith will be collected and sealed inside collection tubes for later retrieval by the Sample Retrieval Lander mission in the late 2020s.
PIA24164:
Mars Sample Return Lander's Divert Maneuver
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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)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-10 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes above a portion of the planet called Nilosyrtis Mensae in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04916:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Nilosyrtis (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-10 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter dips into the thin martian atmosphere to adjust its orbit in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04917:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Aerobraking (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-10 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passes over the planet's south polar region in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04918:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter over Pole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet.
PIA05490:
Bird's Eye View of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-09 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems engineer Terry Kampmann (left) and lead technician Jack Farmerie work on assembly and test of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft bus in a cleanroom at the company's Denver facility.
PIA06756:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Taking Shape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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The high resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) is one of six science instruments for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07087:
Telescopic Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front End
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, (right) was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (left) on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
PIA07206:
Camera Ready to Install on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, hoist a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07207:
Hoisting a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, position a telescopic camera for installation onto NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07208:
Positioning a Camera for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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Workers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, install a telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Dec. 11, 2004.
PIA07209:
Installing a Camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A telescopic camera called the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, was installed onto the main structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Dec. 11, 2004 at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, Colo.
PIA07210:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter After Camera Installation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The structure of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft is constructed from composite panels of carbon layers over aluminum honeycomb, lightweight yet strong.
PIA07211:
Orbiter's Skeleton
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, building the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA.
PIA07212:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in High Bay
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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In late October 2004, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was moved from the High Bay 100,000-class clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, to the facility's Reverberant Acoustic Lab.
PIA07213:
Moving the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-07 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be the largest spacecraft to orbit Mars, weighing 2,180 kilograms (4,796 pounds) at liftoff.
PIA07214:
Orbiter Near Final Configuration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars features one of its instruments -- the Mars Climate Sounder -- in action.
PIA07240:
Mars Climate Sounder (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter during the critical process of Mars orbit insertion.
PIA07242:
Orbit Insertion by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter highlights the spacecraft's radar capability.
PIA07243:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar at Work, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image is an artist's concept of a view looking down on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA07244:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Radar, Top View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-03 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter features the spacecraft's main bus facing down, toward the red planet.
PIA07245:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Front View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Lockheed Martin delivering the Atlas V rocket to Cape Canaveral in July of 2005. After going through a series of tests to ensure its readiness to send Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the red planet, lift-off occurred on August 12, 2005.
PIA03522:
One Step Closer to Launch: Rocket Delivery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was delivered in two large containers from Lockheed Martin to Cape Canaveral on an Air Force C-17 cargo plane.
PIA03523:
Next Vital Step: Spacecraft Delivery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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It's no easy task getting NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ready for launch. Workers stabilize the crane holding one of the enormous billboard-sized solar panels temporarily removed from the spacecraft prior to rigorous testing.
PIA03524:
Getting Closer to Countdown: Spacecraft Undergoes Readiness Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image features the protective fairing that encapsulated NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter atop an Atlas V rocket. The lively logo celebrates the intense science mission ahead of the orbiter.
PIA03525:
Fairing Preparing for Farewell
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-12 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launches
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With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, an Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, roars away from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Roars Away
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Atlas V launch vehicle, 19 stories tall, with a two-ton NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) on top, lifts off the pad on Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04143:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Lifts Off
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched at 7:43 a.m. EDT atop a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2005.
PIA04144:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Multipurpose Mission Successfully Launched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-23 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This artist's concept represents the 'Follow the Water' theme of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
PIA07241:
Examining Mars at Many Levels (Artist's Concept)
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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.
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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)
Shallow Subsurface Radar (SHARAD)
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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)
HiRISE
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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 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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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 2018-05-25 Mars Helicopter
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This artist concept shows the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, which will travel with NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.
PIA22460:
Mars Helicopter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-28 Mars Helicopter
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This image of the flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter was taken on Feb. 14, 2019, in a cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA23151:
Portrait of NASA's Mars Helicopter
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NASA Mars Helicopter team members work the flight model in the Space Simulator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA23152:
Working Mars Helicopter
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Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team attach a thermal film to the exterior of the flight model of the Mars Helicopter. The image was taken on Feb. 1, 2019.
PIA23153:
Handling Mars Helicopter
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Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team inspect the flight model (the actual vehicle going to the Red Planet), inside the Space Simulator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on Feb. 1, 2019.
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Inspecting Mars Helicopter
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Members of NASA's Mars Helicopter team prepare the flight model for a test in the Space Simulator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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Mars Helicopter Team Prepares for Test
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Members of NASA's Mars Helicopter team attach a thermal film enclosure to the fuselage of the flight model. The image was taken on Feb. 1, 2019.
PIA23157:
Composing Mars Helicopter
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More than 1,500 individual pieces of carbon fiber, flight-grade aluminum, silicon, copper, foil and foam go into NASA's Mars Helicopter.
PIA23158:
This Helicopter is Going to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-28 Mars Helicopter
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This image of NASA's Mars Helicopter prototype depicts the demonstration vehicle used to prove that controlled, and sustained flight is feasible in a Martian atmosphere.
PIA23159:
Mars Helicopter Prototype
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