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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-18 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Panoramic Camera
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Dragging Its Foot
PIA05304:
Dragging Its Foot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's view from its location inside the shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow.' To get a better look at the soil making up the hollow, Spirit drove forward a bit, wiggled its wheels, then turned and backed up.
PIA05333:
Wiggling Its Way to Discovery
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Hazcam
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This image shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's view from its location inside the shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow.' Tracks in the soil show that Spirit drove forward a bit, wiggled its wheels, then turned and backed up.
PIA05321:
Wiggling Its Way to Discovery
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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This screenshot from a computer-generated animation shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's arm exploring the trench dug by one of its wheels. The rover's arm is designed to examine rocks and soil for signs of past water on Mars.
PIA05322:
Grooving in Trenchtown (computer animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's instrument deployment device or 'arm', shows the crater floor at Meridiani Planum, Mars. Grains of soil on the floor appear sand-sized with millimeter-sized pebbles on top.
PIA05324:
Tiny Pebbles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the crater floor at Meridiani Planum, Mars, after the rover dug a trench on Feb. 16, 2004. A small patch of soil is seen in the center of the trench wall with the rovers' tracks leading off in the distance.
PIA05325:
Taking a Deeper Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or 'arm,' reveals shiny, spherical objects embedded within the trench wall at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05326:
The Mystery of the Sparkling Spheres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
Moessbauer Spectrometer
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the imprint of the donut-shaped plate on the rover's Moessbauer spectrometer instrument, located on rover's the 'arm.' The rover was investigating fine-grained soil for iron-bearing minerals.
PIA05327:
Moessbauer Nose Print
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's shows two regions of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars. The region on the left, dubbed 'Charlie Flats,' was imaged because it contains an assortment of small grains, pebbles and spherules, as well as bo
PIA05328:
Charlie Flats and El Capitan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Descent Image Motion Estimation System (DIMES)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This map shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's travels since arriving on the red planet Jan. 3, 2004. Data within the yellow box represent a digital map made of images taken by rover's panoramic and navigation cameras.
PIA05329:
Halfway There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows the patch of soil at the bottom of the shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow' where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit began trenching in 2004. Seen here are a clustering of small pebbles and crack-like fine lines.
PIA05330:
'Laguna Hollow'Undisturbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or 'arm,' shows the partial clotting or cement-like properties of the sand-sized grains within the wall trenched by the rover.
PIA05331:
"Stucco" Walls
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or 'arm,' shows partial 'clodding' or cementation of the sand-sized grains within twall trenched by the rover.
PIA05332:
"Stucco" Walls-2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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This image shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's arm exploring the trench the rover dug with one of its wheels. The arm holds a suite of scientific instruments designed to examine rocks and soil for signs of past water on Mars.
PIA05323:
Grooving in Trenchtown Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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A view from NASA's Spirit rover shows a trench excavated by the rover's left front wheel within the 'Laguna Hollow' area. The trench, dubbed 'Road Cut,' is 3 inches deep. Spirit's tracks are observed on the martian soil.
PIA05337:
Spirit Digs a Trench
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This view from NASA's Opportunity rover shows a rock collection dubbed 'El Capitan' near its landing site, located within a larger outcrop nicknamed 'Opportunity Ledge.'
PIA05338:
Plotting and Scheming
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-22 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit casts a shadow over the trench that the rover dug with its left front wheel and is examining with tools on its robotic arm.
PIA05339:
Spirit Shadow over Laguna Trench
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This traverse map shows NASA's Mars Exploration rover Spirit reached the point called 'Laguna Hollow.' The rover had driven 131 meters (430 feet) from Columbia Memorial Station. On the horizon behind the lander looms 'Grissom Hill.' A yellow line follow
PIA05441:
Covered Ground
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Hazcam
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity casts a shadow over the El Capitan area on Mars. Opportunity used its rock abrasion tool to grind a small hole into Opportunity Ledge.
PIA05442:
Opportunity at El Capitan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit dug a trench in the fine-grained soil lining the bottom of the shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow.' A trench 3 inches deep was created after the rover dragged one of its wheels back and forth across the surface.
PIA05344:
Breaking Martian Ground Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the trenching site dubbed 'Laguna Hollow' after it dug a trench 3 inches deep in the fine-grained soil lining the bottom of the shallow depression.
PIA05345:
Draped in the Rover's Shadow Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-25 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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The semi-circular depression in this microscopic image resulted from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's first grinding of a rock on Mars. The rock abrasion tool sliced into the surface on a rock called 'McKittrick' on Feb. 23, 2004.
PIA05445:
Opportunity Slices into the Surface of Mars
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity noticed 'layers' or 'scratches' on a spherical object called 'blueberry.' The scrapes on the blueberry appear to have occurred when it got dislodged slightly and its surface was scraped with the grinding pad.
PIA05446:
Grinding Wheel Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity watches a sunset on a martian afternoon. Rapid dimming of the Sun near the horizon is due to the dust in the sky. Dust in the martian atmosphere scatters blue light forward creating a'halo' of blueish sky color.
PIA05343:
The Sun Sets on Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Descent Image Motion Estimation System (DIMES)
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
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This map shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's travels since arriving on the red planet Jan. 3, 2004 PST. Spirit was on its way to a large crater nicknamed 'Bonneville.'
PIA05448:
Getting Closer
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's view of the rocky and bumpy terrain that lies between it and the large crater dubbed 'Bonneville.' A large rock called 'Humphries' can be seen.
PIA05449:
The Bumpy Road Ahead
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Panoramic Camera
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The rocky outcrop traversed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is visible in this 3-dimensional model of the rover's landing site. The white crumpled fragments are portions of the rover's airbags.
PIA05451:
Opportunity Landing Spot Panorama (3-D Model)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows 'Laguna Hollow,' the shallow depression where Spirit dug a trench in 2004. Spirit stayed in this location for 3 sols, investigating the fine-grained soil and the trench it dug with one of its wheels.
PIA05450:
Long and Winding Road
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's shows the windblown waves of soil that characterize the rocky surface of Gusev Crater, Mars. Ripples are shaped by gentle winds that deposit coarse grains on the tops or crests of the waves.
PIA05452:
Ripples or Dunes?
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's shows peak-like formations on the martian terrain at Gusev Crater. Seen are particles made of dust, sand and coarse sand, with their sizes approximating flour, sugar, and ball bearings, respectively.
PIA05453:
Are They Telltale Ripples?
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the troughs between the waves of windblown soil that characterize the surface of Gusev Crater. The fine-grained soil, combined with coarse grains indicate that waves are geologic features known as ripples.
PIA05454:
The Answer is in the Crests and Troughs
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the tops or crests of the waves of windblown soil that characterize the surface of Gusev Crater. The fine-grained soil, combined with coarse grains indicate that waves are geologic features known as ripples.
PIA05455:
The Answer is in the Crests and Troughs -2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-26 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars, dubbed 'Charlie Flats.' This region contains a diverse assortment of small grains, pebbles and spherules, and both dark and light soil deposits.
PIA05456:
Charlie Flats
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the 'El Capitan' region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars. On the bottom is the view obtained from the 'Alpha' waypoint station.
PIA05457:
El Capitan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-27 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity provides a circular sign of the success of the rover's first grinding of a rock. The round, shallow hole seen in this image is on a rock dubbed 'McKittrick,' located in the 'El Capitan' area of the larger outcrop
PIA05459:
Circular Signs of the Rock Abrasion Tool
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rover's now-empty lander, the Challenger Memorial Station, at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05460:
Opportunity's Empty Nest
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Panoramic Camera
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This is a screenshot from a computer-generated visualization tool used by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity scientists to find the rover's best position for observing a target dubbed 'Last Chance' layered rock, on the far east end of the outcrop.
PIA05461:
Pre-Planning the "Last Chance"
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Navigation Camera
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This image of a rock called 'Humphrey' was taken by the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on Mars. Likely a basaltic rock, the fractures are thought to have been caused by the impact as it was hurled from the crater to its current resting place.
PIA05466:
Heading for Humphrey
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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These plots, or spectra, show that a rock dubbed 'McKittrick' near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site at Meridiani Planum, Mars, has higher concentrations of sulfur and bromine than a nearby patch of soil nicknamed 'Tarmac.'
PIA05467:
History Leaves Salts Behind
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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These plots, or spectra, show that a rock dubbed 'McKittrick' near the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site at Meridiani Planum, Mars, possesses the highest concentration of sulfur yet observed on Mars.
PIA05468:
"McKittrick" Rich in Sulfur
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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These plots, or spectra, show that a rock dubbed 'McKittrick' near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site at Meridiani Planum, Mars, has higher concentrations of sulfur and bromine than a nearby patch of soil nicknamed 'Tarmac.'
PIA05469:
Salty Martian Rock
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Moessbauer Spectrometer
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This spectrum, taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Moessbauer spectrometer, shows the presence of an iron-bearing mineral called jarosite in the collection of rocks dubbed 'El Capitan'
PIA05470:
Mineral Tells Tale of Watery Past
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Moessbauer Spectrometer
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This spectrum, taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Moessbauer spectrometer, shows the presence of an iron-bearing mineral called jarosite in the collection of rocks dubbed 'El Capitan'
PIA05471:
Mineral Tells Tale of Watery Past-2
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Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer
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These plots, or spectra, show that the rock collection dubbed 'El Capitan' near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site at Meridiani Planum, Mars, consists of three primary mineral groups, sulfate, silicates, and oxides.
PIA05472:
"El Capitan" Exposed!
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Microscopic Imager
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a geological feature dubbed 'Robert E.' Light from the top is illuminating the feature, which is located within the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05473:
Focused on Robert E
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Microscopic Imager
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This image, taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a geological region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars dubbed 'El Capitan.' Light from the top is illuminating the region.
PIA05474:
Focus on El Capitan
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Microscopic Imager
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This image, taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a geological region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars dubbed 'El Capitan.' Light from the top is illuminating the region.
PIA05475:
Focus on El Capitan-2
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Microscopic Imager
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This image, taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a geological region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars dubbed 'El Capitan.' Light from the top is illuminating the region.
PIA05476:
Focus on El Capitan-3
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Navigation Camera
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This partial panoramic image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the lander in the center of the crater at Meridiani Planum, Mars. In view are plains outside the crater, the rover tracks, and the airbag bounce marks behind the lander.
PIA05477:
Over Here, Over There
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a close up of the rock dubbed 'El Capitan,' located in the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum. Seen are fine, parallel lamination in the upper area of the rock, and scattered sphere-shaped objects.
PIA05478:
The Texture of El Capitan
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Microscopic Imager
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The microscopic imager onboard NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a portion of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars, dubbed 'Guadalupe.'
PIA05479:
Focus on Guadalupe
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows an extreme close-up of the 'El Capitan' region, part of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars. This region appears laminated, or composed of layers of firmly united material.
PIA05480:
Larger Grains Suggest Presence of Fluid
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Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This graph shows the relative abundances of sulfur (in the form of sulfur tri-oxide) and chlorine at three Meridiani Planum sites: soil measured in the small crater where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity landedin 2004.
PIA05483:
A Trail of Salts
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the eastern plains that stretch beyond the small crater where the rover landed. In the distance, the rim of a larger crater dubbed 'Endurance' can be seen.
PIA05484:
Opportunity Spies "Endurance" on the Horizon
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a close-up of the region dubbed 'El Capitan,' which lies within the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars. A spherule, or sphere-shaped grain, is penetrating the interior of a small cavity called a vug.
PIA05481:
Which Came First? Vug or Spherule?
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rock nicknamed Last Chance, which lies within the outcrop near the rover's landing site at Meridiani Planum, Mars. At the base of the rock, layers can be seen dipping downward to the right.
PIA05482:
Ripples in Rocks Point to Water
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Panoramic Camera
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This mosaic of images taken by the panoramic camera onboard NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rock region dubbed 'El Capitan,' which lies within the larger outcrop near the rover's landing site.
PIA05492:
"El Capitan's" Scientific Gems
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the shapes of the vugs, or small cavities, located on the region dubbed 'El Capitan.' The region is part of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05493:
Vugs Provide Clues to Martian Past
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Hazcam
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This image shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's tracks left by the rover during its latest 'dance,' or series of maneuvers, around the rock outcrop near its landing site on Meridiani Planum.
PIA05494:
A View of Opportunity's Dance Moves
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Microscopic Imager
Navigation Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the layered rocks of the 'El Capitan' area near the rover's landing site at Meridani Planum, Mars. Visible on two of the rocks are the holes drilled by the rover.
PIA05495:
Evidence of a Water-Soaked Past
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Microscopic Imager
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows its 'capture magnet,' which attracts atmospheric dust particles from its front deck. Lighter-colored area are clean sections are virtually free of dust, and dark areas are places where dust has collected.
PIA05496:
Mars Magnet Hits the Bull's-Eye
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the large, imposing shadowed rock in the foreground nicknamed 'Sandia' for a mountain range in New Mexico. Many smaller rocks can be seen in the background.
PIA05497:
Accidental Art
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Panoramic Camera
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This 3-dimensional model shows a region of the outcrop near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site dubbed 'Last Chance.' The model was created with images taken by the rover's panoramic camera.
PIA05503:
Rare Glance at "Last Chance"
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Navigation Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a hole drilled by the rover's rock abrasion tool located on its robotic arm in the rock dubbed 'Humphrey.'
PIA05499:
A Hole in Humphrey
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a close-up look at the rock dubbed 'Humphrey.' The image was taken after the rover drilled into the rock with its rock abrasion tool, exposing fresh rock underneath.
PIA05500:
Humphrey on the Inside
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Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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In this false-color image NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rock dubbed 'Humphrey' and the hole drilled into the rock by the rover. Spirit ground into the rock with the rock abrasion tool located on its robotic arm.
PIA05501:
A Hole In Humphrey
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Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer
Navigation Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rock dubbed 'Humphrey' and the circular areas on the rock that were wiped off by the rover before drilling into the rock with its rock abrasion tool, exposing fresh rock underneath.
PIA05502:
Rock Dusting Leaves "Mickey Mouse" Mark
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Hazcam
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the two holes that allowed scientists to peer into Meridiani Planum's wet past. The rover drilled the holes into rocks in the region dubbed 'El Capitan' with its rock abrasion tool.
PIA05504:
Windows to Meridiani's Water-Soaked Past
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rover's rock abrasion tool before and after it ground into a rock at Meridiani Planum, Mars. The red dust coating on the instrument is thought to be a form of the mineral hematite.
PIA05505:
You Dirty Rat!
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Descent Image Motion Estimation System (DIMES)
Panoramic Camera
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This map shows the path NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will traveled toward its future target, the large crater dubbed 'Bonneville.' The red line indicates travels up to the 59th martian day of its journey, and the blue line, the route it followed.
PIA05506:
What Lies Ahead
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This 3-dimensional model shows a postage-stamp-sized patch of the rock target in the outcrop near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site. A sliced sphere-like particle, or 'blueberry' can be seen.
PIA05507:
"Blueberry" Exposed
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the outcrop that sits just inside the small crater where the rover landed. The region dubbed 'El Capitan,' is where scientists gained their first clues to the outcrop's watery past.
PIA05508:
Spotlight on "El Capitan"
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Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the results of the second drilling by the rock abrasion tool. The drilling took place on a target called 'Guadalupe' in the 'El Capitan' region of the Meridiani Planum, Mars, rock outcrop.
PIA05509:
Seeing Red at Guadalupe
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Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the results of grinding of its first target with the rock abrasion tool. The grinding process at 'McKittrick' generated a significant amount of fine-grained, reddish dust.
PIA05510:
Messy Grind
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Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This illustration shows the locations of the various magnets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, which are: its front side, or chest; its back, near the color calibration target; and on its rock abrasion tool.
PIA05511:
Rover Magnets All Around
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Panoramic Camera
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This image composite highlights a close-up of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 'sweep' magnet the dark ring that collects magnetic airborne particles which scientists use to study the origins of dust in the atmosphere.
PIA05512:
Martian Dust Mostly Magnetic
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Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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The red marks in this image, taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera, indicate holes made by the rover's rock abrasion tool, located on its instrument deployment device, or 'arm.'
PIA05513:
"Hole" Lotta Grindin' Going On
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Panoramic Camera
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This image mosaic from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the distant horizon from Opportunity's position inside a small crater at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05514:
Opportunity's Heatshield on the Horizon
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Microscopic Imager
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This image composite shows two of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's magnets, the 'capture' magnet (upper portion of left panel) and the 'filter' magnet (lower portion of left panel).
PIA05515:
Rules of Attraction
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Spirit used its panoramic camera to capture this view of the rocky terrain just to the left of straight ahead after finishing a drive to the northeast on March 5, 2004.
PIA05516:
Front Windshield after Sol 61 Drive
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Panoramic Camera
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The panoramic camera on NASA's Opportunity combines the first photographs of solar eclipses by Mars' two moons, Deimos and Phobos. Deimos appears as a speck in front of the Sun and Phobos grazes its edge.
PIA05518:
Martian Eclipses: Deimos and Phobos
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Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the rocky path lying due east of the rover. Boulders as large as 1.6 feet dot the landscape here near Bonneville Crater. The east hills, over 1.3 miles away, can be seen to the far right.
PIA05519:
Some Rocky Road Please
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This microscopic image of 'Flatrock,' taken on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 43rd sol on Mars, is representative of the science team's goal at the rock outcrop under investigation at Meridiani Planum.
PIA05520:
Fleshing out "Flatrock"
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Panoramic Camera
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This panoramic image of the 3.1 millimeter-deep (just over one-tenth of an inch) hole ground by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rock abrasion tool in the target called 'Mojo 2' on 'Flatrock' was taken on the 44th martian day.
PIA05521:
Focus on "Flatrock"
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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This image shows a zoomed-in views of the rock dubbed 'Humphrey' following its successful grinding with NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's rock abrasion tool.
PIA05522:
Focus on "Humphrey" Animation Icon
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Microscopic Imager
Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
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The holes seen here were created by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's rock abrasion tool. The mosaic, created on March 7, 2004, is the first of its kind of an abraded surface on Mars.
PIA05523:
The Biggest Microscopic Image Ever
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Navigation Camera
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This 360-degree navigation camera mosaic was taken by Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 9, 2004, after a drive that brought the rover to less than 20 meters (66 feet) from the rim of the crater nicknamed 'Bonneville.'
PIA05524:
A Glimpse of What's to Come
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Navigation Camera
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This pair of pieced-together images was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, looking aft on March 6, 2004. It reveals the long and rocky path of nearly 787 feet that Spirit had traveled since safely arriving at Gusev Crater on Jan. 3, 2004.
PIA05525:
A Long Way From Home
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Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit finished a drive and sent back this navigation camera image mosaic revealing 'Bonneville' crater in its entirety. Reaching the rim of this deep dish has been a major priority since day one.
PIA05538:
A Deep Dish for Discovery
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Navigation Camera
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the view ahead of the rover. Directly in front of the rover is the shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow,' where it dug a trench with one of its wheels.
PIA05539:
Three Stops Ahead
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Panoramic Camera
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This image shows a 3-dimensional model of the trench dug by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit at a shallow depression dubbed 'Laguna Hollow.' The rover dragged one of its wheels back and forth across the surface to create this 3-inch deep hole.
PIA05540:
Trenching Martian Ground
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Panoramic Camera
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This image shows a 3-D model of the rock dubbed 'Humphrey' at Gusev Crater, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's landing site. Spirit examined the lumpy rock both before and after it drilled a hole into the rock surface.
PIA05541:
'Humphrey' Like You've Never Seen It
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Panoramic Camera
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This image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the rocky road the rover traversed away from the rim of the crater called 'Bonneville.' To the upper right is the rock dubbed 'Hole Point.'
PIA05542:
The Rocky Road to the Crater Rim
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Navigation Camera
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This image is from software used by engineers to drive NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit up toward the rim of the crater dubbed 'Bonneville.' The software simulates the rover's movements across the martian terrain, helping to plot a safe course.
PIA05543:
A Steep Climb
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Navigation Camera
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This image is from software used by engineers to drive NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit up toward the rim of the crater dubbed 'Bonneville.' The software simulates the rover's movements across the martian terrain, helping to plot a safe course.
PIA05544:
King of the Crater Ledge
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Navigation Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit finished a drive and shows 'Bonneville' crater and the rocky plains surrounding it. The rover's solar panels are visible in the foreground, and the to right, the Columbia Hills complex.
PIA05545:
'Bonneville' and Beyond
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Panoramic Camera
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's rover Spirit.
PIA05546:
Stars in Orion as Seen from Mars
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Navigation Camera
Panoramic Camera
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This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd martian day, or sol, of its mission.
PIA05547:
You are here: Earth as seen from Mars
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Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer
Panoramic Camera
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These maps from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera mast assembly, show the hematite abundance as detected by the instrument from inside the crater at Opportunity's landing site.
PIA05548:
Here-a-Hematite, There-a-Hematite
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Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer
Navigation Camera
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These maps, acquired from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity prior to the rover's roll-off, show the five locations the rover visited along the Meridiani Planum rock outcrop (dubbed 'Alpha,' 'Bravo,' 'Charlie,' Delta,' and 'Echo').
PIA05549:
Patches of Hematite
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