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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and its tracks are visible in this view combining information from three observations by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18082:
Stereo View of Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a sandstone slab on which the rover team has selected a target, 'Windjana,' for close-up examination.
PIA18086:
Curiosity Mars Rover Beside Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.
PIA18089:
Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navigation Camera
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows two holes at top center drilled into a sandstone target called 'Windjana.' The farther hole, with larger pile of tailings around it, is a full-depth sampling hole.
PIA18090:
Sample-Collection Drill Hole on Martian Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.
PIA18091:
Nighttime Image of Laser Sharpshooting on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock 'shell' about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior.
PIA18396:
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image, taken on Aug. 4, 2014, from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows wheel tracks printed by the rover as it drove on the sandy floor of a lowland called 'Hidden Valley' on the route toward Mount Sharp.
PIA18590:
Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This Aug. 12, 2012, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop that includes the 'Bonanza King' rock under consideration as a drilling target. Raised ridges on the flat rocks are visible at right.
PIA18601:
Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called 'Bonanza King,' visible from the rover's Mastcam.
PIA18602:
Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A swept Martian rock called 'Bonanza King' can be seen in this image take by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. This rock is located across the boundary that defines the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18477:
A Bonanza of Clues About Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the 'Pahrump Hills' region on Mars.
PIA18476:
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'
PIA18474:
Slopes of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The 'Bonanza King' rock on Mars, pictured here, was tapped by the drill belonging to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The tapping resulted in sand piling up on the rock after drilling, showing the rock was not firmly in place.
PIA18478:
Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Data from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show an unusual enrichment of silicon in the rocks dubbed 'Wildrose' and 'Bonanza King,' relative to other rocks studied at Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA18479:
Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'
PIA18780:
Curiosity Rover Planned Route
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.
PIA18783:
'Murray Buttes' Mesa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.
PIA18784:
Bands on the 'Murray Formation'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.
PIA18785:
Geological Transition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.
PIA18608:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission.
PIA18609:
First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a type of geometrically distinctive feature that researchers are using Curiosity to examine at a mudstone outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18610:
Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called 'Darwin' on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
PIA19083:
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. It was taken by Curiosity's Navcam on Nov. 13, 2014.
PIA18883:
Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior.
PIA19071:
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image depicts how a mountain inside a Mars' Gale Crater might have formed. At left, the crater fills with layers of sediment. Yellow is for deposits in alluvial fans, deltas, and drifts during both wet and dry periods.
PIA19079:
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
PIA19086:
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
PIA19087:
Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This illustration portrays possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere.
PIA19088:
Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called 'Cumberland.'
PIA19089:
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the 'Cumberland' rock sample and amounts of it in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19090:
Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Samples Analyzed by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
PIA19091:
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.
PIA19105:
Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19140:
Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mastcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color. Raw color shows the scene's colors as they would look in a typical smart-phone camera photo, before any adjustment.
PIA16769:
Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This raw-color view from Curiosity's Mastcam shows the rover's drill just after finishing a drilling operation at 'Telegraph Peak' on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19145:
Curiosity's Drill After Drilling at 'Telegraph Peak'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the position in which the rover held its arm for several days.
PIA19147:
Curiosity's Arm Holding Steady, Sol 915
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This area at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars includes a pale outcrop, called 'Pahrump Hills,' that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover investigated from September 2014 to March 2015.
PIA19148:
Curiosity Heading Away from 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The main map shows landforms near NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover's second anniversary of landing on Mars nears. The gold traverse line ends at Curiosity's position as of July 31, 2014 (Sol 705).
PIA18408:
Sandy Martian Valleys in Curiosity's Near Future
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.
PIA18607:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19386:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19387:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes temperature and humidity sensors mounted on the rover's mast. One of the REMS booms extends to the left from the mast in this view.
PIA19164:
Mars Weather-Station Tools on Rover's Mast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.
PIA17355:
Curiosity's Progress on Route from 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The mapped area is within Gale Crater, and north of Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater.
PIA17085:
Full Curiosity Traverse Passes One-Mile Mark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-14 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This view NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rover's drill in position for a mini-drill test to assess whether a rock target called 'Mojave' is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample. It was taken on Jan. 13, 2015.
PIA19104:
Curiosity Conducting Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim, showing evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found ancient streams, deltas and lakes.
PIA19080:
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill from the 'Confidence Hills' target -- the first rock drilled after Curiosity reached the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.
PIA19037:
'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.
PIA18782:
Geologic Cross-Section
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looking up the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley,' a pale outcrop including drilling target 'Bonanza King' is at the center of the scene.
PIA18597:
Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Panoramic Camera
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This full-circle panorama of the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on July 31, 2014, offers a view into sandy lower terrain called 'Hidden Valley'
PIA18409:
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'
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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.
PIA18088:
Martian Sandstone Target "Windjana" Before and After Brushing Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.
PIA18083:
'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was taken the day before the rover's final approach drive to 'the Kimberley' waypoint, selected months ago as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
PIA18072:
Curiosity's View From Before Final Approach to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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On Feb. 19, 2014, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looked back after finishing a long drive. The rows of rocks just to the right of the fresh wheel tracks in this view are an outcrop called 'Junda.' This view is looking toward the east-northeast.
PIA17949:
Curiosity's View Back After Passing 'Junda' Striations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16806:
Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the calibration target for Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
PIA16802:
Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward.
PIA19163:
Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward through a valley called 'Artist's Drive.' 3-D glasses are need to view this image.
PIA19165:
Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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For scale, the Lincoln penny on the MAHLI calibration target is three-fourths inch (19 millimeters) in diameter. The calibration target is mounted on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16713:
First Night Image of MAHLI Calibration Target in White Lighting
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or 'ready out' as engineers say, in addition to the position it assumes to drop off samples.
PIA16147:
Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
Mastcam
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The left eye of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover's arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 5, 2012).
PIA15699:
Camera on Curiosity's Arm as Seen by Camera on Mast
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Navcam (MSL)
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With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover.
PIA16077:
The Heights of Mount Sharp
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ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16075:
First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. The calibration target is one square and a group of nine circles that look dark in the black-and-white image.
PIA16069:
Readying ChemCam
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This cropped image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows one set of marks on the surface of Mars where blasts from the descent-stage rocket engines blew away some of the surface material.
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Goulburn Scour Mark
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Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.
PIA16066:
Naming the Scour Marks
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MAHLI
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This mosaic from NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, shows the first four of five places from which the rover's scoop obtained sand to clean the sample handling and processing system.
PIA16468:
Curiosity's 'Rocknest' Workplace
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ChemCam
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This view of a rock called 'Rocknest 3' combines two images taken by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity and indicates five spots where ChemCam had hit the rock with laser pulses to check its composition.
PIA16451:
Mars Rock 'Rocknest 3' Imaged by Curiosity's ChemCam
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MAHLI
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This view of Curiosity's deck shows a plaque bearing several signatures of US officials, including that of President Obama and Vice President Biden. The image was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).
PIA15883:
President's Signature Onboard Curiosity
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.
PIA18781:
Map of Lower Mount Sharp
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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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MAHLI
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Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19115:
Site of Curiosity's Second Bite of Mount Sharp
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MAHLI
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Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.
PIA19077:
Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake
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Navcam (MSL)
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The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.
PIA18600:
View Down 'Hidden Valley' Ramp at 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
PIA18599:
Down Northeastern Ramp into 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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MAHLI
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This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.
PIA18092:
Mars Rock 'Windjana' After Examination
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Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover spans 360 degrees, centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at 'the Kimberley,' with an outcrop of eroded sandstone in the foreground.
PIA18069:
Panorama With Sandstone Outcrop Near 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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A landscape scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows at 'Junda' forming striations in the foreground, with Mount Sharp on the horizon.
PIA17947:
Martian Landscape with Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
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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.
PIA17938:
Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune Animation Icon
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Mastcam
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The rock 'Ithaca' is shown here with a rougher lower texture and smoother texture on top, and appears to be a piece of the local sedimentary bedrock protruding from the surrounding soil in Gale Crater as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17592:
Target Rock 'Ithaca' in Gale Crater, Mars
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Mastcam
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For at least a couple of days, the science team of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is focused on a full-bore science campaign at a tantalizing, rocky site informally called 'Darwin.'
PIA17481:
Evolving Excitement Over 'Darwin' Rock Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1'
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MAHLI
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This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.
PIA17267:
Detail in "Point Lake" Outcrop
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Mastcam
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
PIA16919:
Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, Raw Color
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Mastcam
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
PIA16918:
Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, White-Balanced
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MAHLI
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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures to show gray-powder and two holes where Curiosity used its drill on the rock target 'John Klein.'
PIA16937:
Updated Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'John Klein'
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MAHLI
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled into this rock target, 'Cumberland,' during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (May 19, 2013) and collected a powdered sample of material from the rock's interior.
PIA16936:
'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity
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Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its front left Hazard-Avoidance Camera for this image of the rover's arm over the drilling target 'Cumberland' during the 275th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (May 15, 2013).
PIA16932:
Curiosity at 'Cumberland'
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HiRISE
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This map shows the location of 'Cumberland,' the second rock-drilling target for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, in relation to the rover's first drilling target, 'John Klein,' within the southwestern lobe of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay.'
PIA16926:
'Cumberland' Selected as Curiosity's Second Drilling Target
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DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16916:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 1
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DAN
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This diagram illustrates how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
PIA16917:
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 2
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REMS
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected dozens of whirlwinds, or vortex events, causing brief dips in atmospheric pressure, and sometimes other measurable effects.
PIA16914:
Whirlwind Detection by Curiosity in Gale Crater
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Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
PIA16805:
Drill Hole Image and Spectra Acquired by Mastcam
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Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting.
PIA16768:
Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
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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.
PIA16733:
Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL Animation Icon
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Hazcam (MSL)
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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.
PIA16728:
Ready, Set, Drill Animation Icon
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MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The tool is a motorized, wire-bristle brush on the turret at the end of the rover's arm.
PIA16565:
First Use of Mars Rover Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool
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MAHLI
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This is the highest-resolution view that the MAHLI camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired of the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet'; the rock is dark gray and is so fine-grained that MAHLI cannot resolve grains or crystals in it.
PIA14763:
'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Close-Up View
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Navcam (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.
PIA16096:
Curiosity's First Arm Extension, Full Resolution
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HiRISE
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This oblique view of the mound in Gale crater shows several different rock types of interest to the Mars Science Laboratory mission. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full instrument suite to study these minerals and how they form
PIA14298:
Rock Types in Gale Crater
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Mastcam
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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater, the location on Mars where the rover landed. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
PIA16052:
Wall of Gale Crater
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