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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover (MER) from December, 2002.
PIA04239:
Artist's Concept of Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Artist's concept of NASA's Artist's concept of Mars Exploration Rover (MER) from December, 2002.
PIA04240:
Artist's Concept of Mars Exploration Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Two rovers were launched in 2003 and arrived at sites on Mars in January 2004.
PIA04413:
Artist's Concept of Rover on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 sits atop the deployed lander with its solar arrays and wheels stowed.
PIA04414:
Rover 1 in Cruise Stage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover parachute deployment testing in the world's largest wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, Calif.
PIA04415:
Parachute Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A 'Martian mechanic' checks beneath the completely deployed NASA's Rover 1 lander. Atop the lander is Rover 1 with its wheels and solar arrays in the stowed position.
PIA04416:
Rover 1 and Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 sits atop the deployed lander with its solar arrays and wheels stowed.
PIA04417:
Rover 1 and Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 2 equipment deck, with solar arrays partially deployed, in NASA's JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility's cleanroom.
PIA04418:
Rover 2 Assembly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 1 in the cruise configuration in Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 25-ft Solar Thermal Vacuum Chamber where it underwent environmental testing.
PIA04419:
Environmental Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Rover 2 is driven over staggered ramps to test the suspension's range of motion.
PIA04420:
Rover 2 Driving Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Members of the Mars Exploration Rovers Assembly, Test and Launch Operations team gather around NASA's Rover 2 and its predecessor, a flight spare of the Pathfinder mission's Sojourner rover, named 'Marie Curie.'
PIA04421:
Rover Family Photo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The twin rovers of NASA'a Mars Exploration Rover Mission pose with their groundbreaking predecessor, the flight spare of the Sojourner rover from NASA's 1997 Pathfinder mission.
PIA04422:
Rovers and Sojourner
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The twin rovers sit side-by-side in different stages of deployment. NASA's Rover 2's (left) front wheels are stowed, while NASA's Rover 1's front wheels are deployed.
PIA04424:
2 Stages of Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers examine the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04425:
Robotic Arm of Rover 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers hand-deploying the solar arrays that provide the electrical power on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04426:
Rover 1 Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-26 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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JPL engineers making adjustments to NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1.
PIA04427:
Adjustments to Rover 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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One of two Mars Exploration Rovers sits inside its cruise stage waiting to undergo environmental testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA04820:
Mars Exploration Rover Makes Progress
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-15 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars.
PIA04928:
Mars Exploration Rover, Vertical (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Airbags are fully inflated in this photograph taken at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory or 'Testbed,' where engineers simulated the orientation of the airbags during the deflation process.
PIA04999:
JPL Testbed Image of Inflated Airbags
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows the airbags in deflated position at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory, where engineers tested the airbags to ensure a safe landing on Mars.
PIA05000:
JPL Testbed Image of Deflated Airbag
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows the deflated airbags retracted underneath the lander petal at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory.
PIA05001:
JPL Testbed Image of Airbag Retraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers testing the rover stand-up motions. The rover is in an elevated pose, preparing to fold down its wheels, descend and stand up.
PIA05033:
Spirit Rises at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This still image illustrates what the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will look like as it rolls off the northeastern side of the lander on Mars. The image was taken from footage of rover testing at JPL's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'Testbed.'
PIA05043:
Roll-Off Test at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Hazcam
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This image, taken in the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory or 'Testbed,' shows the view from the front hazard avoidance cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after the rover has backed up and turned 45 degrees counterclockwise.
PIA05053:
Turning in the Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover as it attempts a complete 115-degree turn on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's in-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05065:
Roll-Off Dress Rehearsal at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image shows a test rover in a near-final turned position on the lander in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed.'
PIA05066:
95-degree Position at JPL Testbed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-15 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage from the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers rehearsing a crucial maneuver called egress in which NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit rolls off its lander platform and touches martian soil.
PIA05087:
Rover Rehearses Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Microscopic Imager
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This close-up image of a penny shows the degree to which the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit can zoom in on a target.
PIA05093:
Penny for Your Reference
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Footage taken at the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or 'testbed,' shows engineers practicing the deployment of the test rover's robotic arm.
PIA05092:
Spirit Reaches Out at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Moessbauer Spectrometer
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Moessbauer spectrometer, an instrument on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit that detects iron-bearing minerals in martian rocks and soil.
PIA05111:
Powerful Yet Tiny Machine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Located on the arm of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer uses alpha particles and X-rays to determine the chemical make up of martian rocks and soils.
PIA05113:
Super Rover's X-Ray Vision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-28 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Bearing a striking resemblance to a cluster of paper lanterns, these inflated airbags show a pattern of seams exactly like those left in the martian soil by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during landing at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
PIA05156:
Tracks 'Seam' Like Airbags
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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This image taken at JPL shows engineers testing the route by which the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will roll off its lander. Opportunity touched down at Meridiani Planum, Mars on Jan. 24, 9:05 p.m. PST, 2004, Earth-received time.
PIA05171:
Engineers Test Roll-Off at JPL
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-02 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the panoramic camera used onboard both NASA Mars Exploration Rovers.
PIA05187:
Multihued Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.
PIA05551:
Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky, probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
PIA05557:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Spacecraft?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Capture Magnet
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This image of a model capture magnet was taken after an experiment in a Mars simulation chamber at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. It has some dust on it, but not as much as that on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's capture magnet.
PIA05729:
Testing the Capture Magnet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spacecraft Assembly Facility in April 2002 shows early work on the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover 1 and later named Opportunity.
PIA05839:
Two Years Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-29 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This scene from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 2003 shows work during final processing of the spacecraft then known as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover B and later named Opportunity.
PIA05840:
One Year Before Mission Success
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-09 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows engineers rehearsing the sol 133 (June 8, 2004) drive into 'Endurance' crater by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA06047:
The Test Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This image taken at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a rover test drive up a manmade slope.
PIA06316:
The Little Rover that Could
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This picture shows a model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit being tested for performance on five wheels at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA06685:
Testing Spirit on Five Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers prepare a mixture of sandy and powdery materials to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions inside a facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07894:
Preparing to Test Rover Mobility
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07895:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover engineers check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions. The scene is inside the In-Situ Instrument Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA07896:
Tests to Help Plan Opportunity Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-25 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (left) serves to compare it with Spirit, one of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers. Both superimposed by special effects on a scene from Mars.
PIA08488:
Size Comparison, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration Rover (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover
Opportunity on the rim of Victoria Crater. It is done to give a sense of scale
PIA08814:
Superimposed Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-19 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image superimposes an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity atop the 'Cabo Frio' promontory on the rim of 'Victoria Crater' in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars. It is done to give a sense of scale.
PIA01292:
Opportunity on 'Cabo Frio' (Simulated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-10 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members prepare a testing setup for a subsequent experiment after an experiment driving the rover in a crablike motion, with all four corner wheels angled to the right.
PIA12118:
After a Crabwalk Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg (left) and Mike Seibert fill a mixer with powdered clay and diatomaceous earth, a combination found to offer physical properties similar to the soil where NASA's rover Spirit is embedded on Mars.
PIA12099:
Preparing a Test Mixture
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Mike Seibert (left) and Paolo Bellutta add a barrowful of soil mixture to the sloped box where a test rover will be used for assessing possible maneuvers for NASA's rover Spirit to use in escaping from a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12100:
Filling the Simulated Sandtrap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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While a test rover rolls off a plywood surface into a prepared bed of soft soil, rover team members Colette Lohr (left) and Kim Lichtenberg (center) eye the wheels digging into the soil and Paolo Bellutta enters the next driving command.
PIA12101:
Test Rover Sinks into Prepared Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-01 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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With a slope of about 10 degrees and a pointy rock under the test rover's belly, this sandbox setup at NASA's JPL, is ready for engineers to use the test rover to assess possible moves for getting Mars rover Spirit out of a patch of loose Martian soil.
PIA12103:
Test Setup for Effort to Free Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-06 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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After commanding five of a test rover's six wheels to drive forward, rover driver Paolo Bellutta (left) measures how much the rover moved sideways, downslope, during the maneuver.
PIA12109:
Assessing Movement of Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., prepare an experiment on July 13, 2009, for assessing how a test rover moves when embedded in loose soil and commanded to drive backward with wheels turned.
PIA12119:
Position Markers in Preparation for Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members Kim Lichtenberg and Joseph Carsten watch motions of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as the rover carries out commands for driving forward with an arc toward the right.
PIA12144:
Observing a Rover Pivot Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-16 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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In this view from behind a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., the rear wheels of the rover are turned toward the left, and the left-front wheel is turned toward the right.
PIA12145:
Preparing for Rover Pivot Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Mars Exploration Rover team members on July 21, 2009, tested how altering the order in which individual wheels turn for steering affects how those turns dig the wheels deeper into soft soil. From left: Alfonso Herrera, Vandana Verma, Bruce Banerdt.
PIA12150:
Testing Sequences of Wheel Turns
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-24 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on July 24, 2009, discuss the next step in preparing for a new phase in testing of possible moves for getting NASA's Mars rover Spirit out of a sandtrap on Mars.
PIA12156:
Sandbox Tracks from Rover Testing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-30 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team members continued longer-duration test runs this week, driving the test rover forward and uphill in a crab-like position. These long-duration drives will continue through the end of next week.
PIA12159:
Uphill Climb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A test setup at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory enables experiments with maneuvers being considered for use by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to get Spirit out of soft soil where it has become embedded.
PIA12171:
Laying the Groundwork for a Rover Test
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-21 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in August 2009 is assessing possible maneuvers that the Mars rover Spirit might use for escaping from a patch of soft soil where it is embedded at a Martian site called 'Troy.'
PIA12183:
Second Test Rover Added for 'Free Spirit' Tests
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-14 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Tests of possible maneuvers for use by NASA's rover Spirit on Mars include use of this lightweight test rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
PIA12204:
Checking Tilt of Lightweight Test Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A screen shot from software used by the Mars Exploration Rover team for assessing movements by Spirit and Opportunity illustrates the degree to which Spirit's wheels have become embedded in soft material at the location called 'Troy.'
PIA12337:
Computer Reconstruction of Spirit's Predicament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Rover-team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., check slight movements by a test rover during tests simulating the challenge of getting NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit out of a sand trap on Mars.
PIA12352:
Sandbox Testing to Prepare for Driving Spirit
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-07 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The total distance driven on Mars by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, 21.35 miles by early December 2011, is approaching the record total for off-Earth driving, held by the robotic Lunokhod 2 rover operated on Earth's moon by the Soviet Union in 1973.
PIA14859:
Off-Earth Driving Champs (in Miles)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-13 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The total distance driven on Mars by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, 34.36 kilometers by early December 2011, is approaching the record total for off-Earth driving, held by the robotic Lunokhod 2 rover operated on Earth's moon by the Soviet Union in 1973.
PIA14860:
Off-Earth Driving Champs (in Kilometers)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15277:
Three Generations in Mars Yard, High Viewpoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-17 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This grouping of two test rovers and a flight spare provides a graphic comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL's Mars Yard testing area.
PIA15278:
Three Generations of Rovers in Mars Yard
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Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
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Three Generations of Rovers with Crouching Engineers
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Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two spacecraft engineers stand with three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA's JPL, Pasadena, Ca. Front and center is a flight spare of Sojourner, left is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, right is test rover Curiosity.
PIA15279:
Three Generations of Rovers with Standing Engineers
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Planning software used to write commands for NASA's Opportunity Mars rover shows the motion of the robotic arm, and an inset view of the Microscopic Imager.
PIA22311:
Simulation of Opportunity's Selfie
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Mike Seibert and Sharon Laubach, engineers on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, check the exact position of a test rover in preparation for the next test of a possible maneuver for Spirit to use on Mars.
PIA12115:
Preparing for Next Test
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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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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.
PIA05560:
Earth on the Horizon
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While most hills and mountains on Earth originate from tectonic motions or volcanism, Earth also has some examples of hills that originated from impacts of large meteorites, the predominant origin for hills and mountains on the Moon.
PIA06012:
Hills in Arctic Canada with Impact Origin
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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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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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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 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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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.
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Focus on "Humphrey" Animation Icon
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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 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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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
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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One of two Mars Exploration Rovers sits inside its cruise stage waitingto undergo environmental testing at NASA's Jet PropulsionLaboratory.
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Mars Exploration Rover
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Mars Exploration Rover (MER) spacecraft. This image shows the aeroshell, which includes the backshell as well as the heatshield.
PIA04822:
Mars Exploration Rover
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