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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CRISM
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NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.
PIA10137:
Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie) Animation Icon
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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 2008-11-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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NASA's MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. This image was taken on Nov. 3, 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA11418:
MRO MARCI Weather Report for the week of 3 November 2008 9 November 2008 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is part of simulated flyover showing rhythmic layers of sedimentary rock inside Becquerel crater on Mars.
PIA11444:
Flyover Animation of Becquerel Crater on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This image shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from March 19 through April 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.
PIA11988:
Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009 (Close-up View) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the southern high-latitudes region of Mars from Mar. 19-Apr. 14, 2009, a period when regional dust storms occurred along the retreating edge of carbon-dioxide frost in the seasonal south polar cap.
PIA11987:
Weather Movie, Mars South Polar Region, March-April 2009 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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A rippled patch of sand in Becquerel Crater on Mars moved about two meters (about two yards) between November 24, 2006 and September 5, 2010, in one of two images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14876:
Blowing in the Martian Wind Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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The eastern margin of a rippled dune in Herschel Crater on Mars moved an average distance of three meters (about three yards) between March 3, 2007 and December 1, 2010, in one of two images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14877:
Shifting Sand in Herschel Crater Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A rippled dune front in Herschel Crater on Mars moved an average of about two meters (about two yards) between March 3, 2007 and December 1, 2010, as seen in one of two images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14878:
Rippling Dune Front in Herschel Crater on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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A rippled dune front in Herschel Crater on Mars moved an average of about one meter (about one yard) between March 3, 2007 and December 1, 2010, as seen in one of two images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14879:
Rippling Dune Front in Herschel Crater on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A dune in the northern polar region of Mars shows significant changes between June 25, 2008 and May 21, 2010 in one of two images taken on by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14880:
Movement in Martian Dune Field Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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A Martian dust devil was captured winding its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14, 2012 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA15545:
Mars' Whirling Dust Devil Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image, from an animation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a dark, rippled sand dune overlying bright-toned rock.
PIA15295:
Advancing Dune in Nili Patera, Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This image, one of two from a two-image animation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows movement of ripples covering a sand dune on Mars.
PIA15680:
Ripple Movement on Sand Dune in Nili Patera, Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-10 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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These images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the appearance of dark markings on Martian slope changes with the seasons. The marks, called recurrent slope linea extend down slopes during warmer months.
PIA17606:
Seasonal Changes in Dark Marks on an Equatorial Martian Slope Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This frame from an animated artist's rendering begins with NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft above Mars. The movie then transitions to a sequence of HiRISE images of the comet taken as it flew past Mars.
PIA19045:
Mars Orbiter Observes Comet Siding Spring (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring before and after its close pass by Mars in October 2014. False color enhances subtle variations in brightness in the comet's coma.
PIA19044:
Mars-Flyby Comet in False Color Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-12 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This frame from an animation simulates a flyover of a portion of a Martian canyon detailed in a geological map produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and based on observations by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA19085:
Simulated Flyover of Mars Canyon Map (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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Martian gullies as seen in the top image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resemble gullies on Earth that are carved by liquid water.
PIA20763:
Adding Composition Data About Mars Gullies Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-28 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This frame from an animation simulates a fly-around look at one of the places on Mars where dark streaks advance down slopes during warm seasons, possibly involving liquid water. This image is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA19919:
Animation of Site of Seasonal Flows in Hale Crater, Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
CTX
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows one of two spots that likely appeared in connection with the Oct. 19, 2016, arrival of ESA's Schiaparelli test lander. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21130:
Signs of Schiaparelli Test Lander Seen From Orbit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-20 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the growth of a branching network of troughs carved by thawing carbon dioxide over the span of three Martian years.
PIA21257:
'Baby Spider': Growth of a Martian Trough Network Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing Mars in sharp detail for more than a decade, enabling it to document many types of changes, such as the way winds alter the appearance of this recent impact site.
PIA21267:
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Observes Changes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-09 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This frame from a movie clip of hundreds of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a global map of Mars with atmospheric changes from Feb. 18, 2017 through March 6, 2017, a period when two regional-scale dust storms appeared.
PIA21484:
Back-to-Back Martian Dust Storms Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-29 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This frame from an animation is one of many that the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been accumulate from late 2006 to early 2017 to form a nearly complete map of Mars.
PIA21487:
A Decade of Compiling the Sharpest Mars Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fierce dust storm is kicking up on Mars, with rovers on the surface indicated as icons.
PIA22519:
2018 Giant Dust Storm on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-19 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MARCI
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This image shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows views of Valles Marineris chasms (left) and an autumn dust storm in Acidalia (right) and the early spring south polar cap.
PIA22487:
Mars Before and After Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This image acquired on September 20, 2018 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows NASA's Opportunity rover as a blip.
PIA22549:
Opportunity After the Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-30 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
MCS
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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 2019-05-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This animation shows a proposed route for NASA's Curiosity rover, which is climbing lower Mount Sharp on Mars.
PIA23179:
Curiosity's Proposed Path up Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-15 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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This series of images shows carbon dioxide ice sublimating (going directly from a solid to a gas) inside a pit at Mars' south pole. Each frame of the animation was taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA23238:
HiRISE Spots CO2 Ice Sublimating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This animation shows the position of NASA's Curiosity rover as it journeyed through 'the clay-bearing unit' on Mars between May 31 and July 20, 2019. The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took both images.
PIA23377:
HiRISE Watches Curiosity Journey Across the Clay Unit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
HiRISE
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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover will follow the proposed route to Jezero Crater's delta shown in this animation. The delta is one the most important locations the rover will visit as it seeks signs of ancient life on Mars.
PIA25173:
Perseverance's Route to the Delta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This animation depicts a flyover of a meteoroid impact crater on Mars that's surrounded by boulder-size chunks of ice. The animation was created using data from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA25586:
Flyover of Mars Impact Using HiRISE Data (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
MCS
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This image shows a side-by-side comparison from from NASA two infrared instruments of CO2 ice at the north (left) and south (right) Martian poles over the course of a typical year (two Earth years).
PIA22546:
Growth and Retreat of the CO2 Ice at the Martian Poles Animation Icon
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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 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This image from an animation is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showing the landing effects of the descent stage, the rover lander, the back shell and parachute, and the heat shield, all found on the left side of the image.
PIA16014:
Before and After Curiosity's Touchdown Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
PIA16016:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
PIA16015:
Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
MARDI
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
PIA16019:
A Better Look of the Martian Surface Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-03 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-caused changes in the parachute of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the chute lay on the Martian ground during months after its use in safe landing of the Curiosity rover.
PIA16813:
MSL's Parachute Flapping in the Wind Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a blast zone where the sky crane from NASA's Curiosity rover mission hit the ground after setting the rover down in August 2012. The images are from HiRISE on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA19159:
Changes in Scars From 2012 Mars Landing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
MARCI
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This false-color polar map was generated from images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's Mars Color Imager (MARCI). It shows a large local dust storm that researchers were monitoring on May 25, 2008.
PIA10672:
Clear Skies Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
HiRISE
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This frame from an animation zooms in on the area on Mars where NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will touchdown on May 25, 2008. The image was taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA10669:
Zooming in on Landing Site Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-13 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Phoenix
MARCI
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Scientists were anticipating clear skies when NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrives on the north polar plains of the Red Planet Sunday, May 25, 2008.
PIA10788:
Martian Dust Storm on May 18, 2008 Animation Icon
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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 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 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 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 2010-07-07 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 2012-08-03 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows the location of a set of Hazard-Avoidance cameras on the back of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15960:
Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Ready for Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This frame from a video shows an engineering test for NASA's Curiosity rover. During the test, the clear dust covers on the Hazard-Avoidance cameras were popped off.
PIA15961:
Popping the Lid off Curiosity's Hazard Cameras Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth via two of NASA's Mars orbiters, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey.
PIA15965:
Communicating with Curiosity (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept shows how NASA how orbiters over Mars will monitor the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover as it speeds towards its Martian landing site in Gale Crater.
PIA15966:
Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This artist's concept depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
PIA15967:
Curiosity Speaks (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the approximate true position of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. A 3-D virtual model of Curiosity is shown inside Gale Crater, near Mount Sharp, Curiosity's ultimate destination.
PIA15984:
Explore Mars With Curiosity Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-07 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
PIA16006:
Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image was taken by the Hazard-Avoidance cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover to show evidence for an impact plume created when the rover's sky crane fell to the Martian surface.
PIA16043:
Now You See an Impact Plume, Now You Don't Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animated gif shows the movement of the rear right wheel of NASA's Curiosity as rover drivers turned the wheels in place at the landing site on Mars.
PIA16087:
Wiggle in the Gravel Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover shot its laser 50 times at rocks exposed by thrusters on the rover's sky crane at the scour mark called 'Goulburn.'
PIA16091:
After the Laser Shots Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument as the rover continues to check out its instruments in the first phase after landing.
PIA16164:
Opening and Closing SAM Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos. This frame from an animation shows the point of view of the rover, located near the equator of Mars, as these moons occasionally pass in front of, or 'transit,' the disk of the sun.
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Phobos in Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a test using an engineering model of the soil scoop for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The scoop dips to about 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters) deep. This test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., in 2011.
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Test Scooping for Mars Rover Curiosity Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This image from a video shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The material vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground.
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Curiosity's First Scoop of Mars, in Vibration Movie Animation Icon
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ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
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Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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MAHLI
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This set of images from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a patch of rock before and after it was cleaned by Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool (DRT).
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Before and After a Little Dusting Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.
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Before-and-After Blink of Curiosity 'Mini Drill' into Mars Rock Animation Icon
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This frame from a set of three images from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the rover's drill in action on Feb. 8, 2013, or Sol 182, Curiosity's 182nd Martian day of operations.
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Ready, Set, Drill Animation Icon
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This frame from an animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called 'John Klein.'
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Simulation of Curiosity Rover Drilling into Martian Bedrock Animation Icon
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
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Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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This frame from a video clip shows moments during a demonstration of drilling into a rock at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Calif., with a test double of the Mars rover Curiosity. The drill combines hammering and rotation motions of the bit.
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Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL Animation Icon
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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rock target 'Cumberland' before and after Curiosity drilled into it to collect a sample for analysis.
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Before-and-After Blink of 'Cumberland' Drilling Animation Icon
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Hazcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).
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Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock Animation Icon
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ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
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Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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ChemCam
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
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Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset.
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Phobos Passing Overhead Animation Icon
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Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013 taken by NASA's Mars rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam).
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Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars Animation Icon
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This frame from a movie clip shows the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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Two Moons Passing in the Martian Night Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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This image from a movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky Animation Icon
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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover drove over a dune spanning 'Dingo Gap' on Mars. The light-toned dome on the right side of the horizon is part of Mount Sharp.
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Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.
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Martian Sandstone Target "Windjana" Before and After Brushing Animation Icon
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This frame from an animation shows five versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014. Two sunspots, each about the diameter of Earth, also appear.
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Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animiation of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the comet passed near the red planet on Oct. 19, 2014.
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Mars Curiosity Rover Views Comet Siding Spring Animation Icon
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This frame is from sequence of views NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
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Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
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Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
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Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
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Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Animation Icon
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This graphic illustration shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in Gale Crater, near the Red Planet's equator.
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Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars (Illustration) Animation Icon
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This image from an animation shows wind blowing sand underneath NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on a non-driving day for the rover.
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Sand Moving Under Curiosity, One Day to Next
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, scooting across the ground inside Gale Crater, as observed on the local summer afternoon of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover's on Feb. 1, 2017.
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Martian Dust Devil Action in Gale Crater, Sol 1597 Animation Icon
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Beyond a dark sand dune closer to the rover, a Martian dust devil passes in front of the horizon in this frame from an animation from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune Animation Icon
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Dust devils dance in the distance in this frame from a sequence of images taken by the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 12, 2017, during the summer afternoon.
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Curiosity Observes Whirlwinds Carrying Martian Dust Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, on lower Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater, as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover during the summer afternoon of Feb. 18, 2017.
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Swirling Dust in Gale Crater, Mars, Sol 1613 Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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Clouds drift across the sky above a Martian horizon in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Clouds Sailing Above Martian Horizon, Enhanced Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Enhanced Animation Icon
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an unehanced accelerated sequence of early-morning images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Unenhanced Animation Icon
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Side-by-side images depict NASA's Curiosity rover (left) and a moon buggy driven during the Apollo 16 mission.
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A Mars Buggy and a Moon Buggy
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This series of images shows the Martian moon Phobos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Sol 2359).
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Curiosity Observes Phobos Eclipse: Sol 2359
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This series of images shows the Martian moon Deimos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Sunday, March 17, 2019 (the 2,350th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).
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Curiosity Observes Deimos Eclipse: Sol 2350
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