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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 five devices that make up the turret at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover. These include: the drill for acquiring powdered samples from interiors of rocks.
PIA16145:
Tools at Curiosity's 'Fingertips'
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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 various components needed to support tools at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, including: calibration targets for helping instruments set their baseline levels.
PIA16146:
Curiosity's Work Bench
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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 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram illustrates Mars' 'thermal tides,' a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.
PIA16478:
Thermal Tides at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This collage shows the variety of soils found at landing sites on Mars. The elemental composition of the typical, reddish soils were investigated by NASA's Viking, Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rover missions, and now with the Curiosity rover.
PIA16571:
A Sampling of Martian Soils
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The development of the Mars rover Curiosity's capabilities for drilling into a rock on Mars required years of development work. Seen here are some of the rocks used in bit development testing and lifespan testing at JPL in 2007.
PIA16732:
Preparation on Earth for Drilling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-20 Mars 726x400x3
This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective.
PIA16811:
Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-07 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This triangle plot shows the relative concentrations of some of the major chemical elements in the Martian rock 'Esperance.' The compositions of average Martian crust and of montmorillonite, a common clay mineral, are shown.
PIA17075:
Chemistry of Martian Rock "Esperance"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.
PIA17602:
Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has made measurements indicating that the Cumberland rock target the rover drilled in May 2013 has been exposed at the surface for about 80 million years.
PIA17604:
Scarp Retreat Model and Exposure History of 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-23 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This plot segregates various minerals examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity according to their different compositions; for example, those with more iron and magnesium oxides are located in the lower right corner.
PIA17757:
Mineral Plot from 'Esperance' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-12 Mars Viking
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No NASA Mars orbiter has been in a position to observe morning daylight on Mars since the twin Viking orbiters of the 1970s. This image, taken by Viking Orbiter 1 on Aug. 17, 1976, shows water-ice clouds in the Valles Marineris area of equatorial Mars.
PIA17940:
Martian Morning Clouds Seen by Viking Orbiter 1 in 1976
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This map shows the route driven and route planned for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from before reaching 'Dingo Gap' in upper right, to the mission's next science waypoint, 'Kimberley' (formerly referred to as 'KMS-9'), lower left.
PIA17946:
Map of Recent and Planned Driving by Curiosity as of Feb. 18, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-06-26 Mars Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope took the picture on June 26, 2001 when Mars was approximately 43 million miles (68 million km) from Earth -- the closest Mars has ever been to Earth since 1988.
PIA18184:
Mars at 43 Million Miles From Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mars is kept company by two cratered moons -- an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos.
PIA17305:
The Moons of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-27 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) flying over Mars.
PIA17486:
Mars Global Surveyor (Artist's Concept)
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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 2014-09-21 Mars MAVEN
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This image shows an artist concept of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.
PIA18811:
MAVEN (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 2560x1600x3
This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars orbiters lining up behind the Red Planet for their 'duck and cover' maneuver to shield them from comet dust that may result from the close flyby of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA18611:
Mars Orbiters 'Duck and Cover' for Comet Siding Spring Flyby (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-09 Mars 1000x1000x3
Comet Siding Spring will have a close approach to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. This artist's concept shows people in the Southern Hemisphere where to look for Mars in the night sky. Mars and the comet may be visible with binoculars.
PIA18612:
View of Comet Siding Spring from Southern Hemisphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's concept depicts the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft scanning the upper atmosphere of Mars. IUVS uses limb scans to map the chemical makeup and vertical structure across Mars' upper atmosphere.
PIA18856:
Artist's Concept of MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph at Work
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-07 Mars MAVEN
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The places where the red line on this graph extends higher than the blue line show detection of metals added to the Martian atmosphere from dust particles released by a passing comet on Oct. 19, 2014. The graphed data are from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.
PIA18857:
Comet Meteor Shower Put Magnesium and Iron into Martian Atmosphere
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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 2014-12-08 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 2015-03-24 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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Eleven years and two months after its landing on Mars, the total driving distance of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity surpassed the length of a marathon race: 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers).
PIA19158:
Opportunity's Marathon Journey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-04 Mars 720x412x3
This graphic depicts the relative shapes and distances from Mars for five active orbiter missions plus the planet's two natural satellites. It illustrates the potential for intersections of the spacecraft orbits.
PIA19396:
Diverse Orbits Around Mars (Graphic)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-10 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This diagram, superimposed on a photo of Martian landscape, illustrates a concept called 'adaptive caching,' which is in development for NASA's 2020 Mars rover mission.
PIA19150:
Adaptive Caching Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-10 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This 2015 diagram shows components of the investigations payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission.
PIA19672:
Science Instruments on NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic depicts paths by which carbon has been exchanged among Martian interior, surface rocks, polar caps, waters and atmosphere, and also depicts a mechanism by which it is lost from the atmosphere with a strong effect on isotope ratio.
PIA20163:
Carbon Exchange and Loss Processes on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-09 Mars MAVEN
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This artist's depiction shows the close encounter between comet Siding Sprng and Mars in 2014. The comet's powerful magnetic field temporarily merged with, and overwhelmed, the planet's weak magnetic field.
PIA20321:
Passing Comet Affects Magnetic Field at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-05 Mars 2001 Mars Odyssey
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At 11:02 a.m. EDT on April 7, 2001, crowds watch a Boeing Delta II rocket lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft into space on its seven-month journey to Mars.
PIA20331:
Odyssey's Launch to Mars on April 7, 2001
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-05 Mars 3082x1899x3
This graphic indicates a similarity between 2016 (dark blue line) and five past years in which Mars has experienced a global dust storm (orange lines and band), compared to years with no global dust storm (blue-green lines and band).
PIA20855:
2016 Resembles Past Global Dust Storm Years on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic depicts aspects of the driving distance, elevation, geological units and time intervals of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission, as of late 2016.
PIA21145:
Curiosity Rover's Martian Mission, Exaggerated Cross Section
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic portrays two hypotheses about how the element boron ended up in calcium sulfate veins found within mudstone layers of the Murray formation on Mars' lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21253:
Two Possible Ways Boron Got into Veins on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic illustration shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in Gale Crater, near the Red Planet's equator.
PIA21255:
Now and Long Ago at Gale Crater, Mars (Illustration) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-23 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself.
PIA21635:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This diagram presents some of the processes and clues related to a long-ago lake on Mars that became stratified, with the shallow water richer in oxidants than deeper water was.
PIA21500:
Diagram of Lake Stratification on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-20 Mars Hubble Space Telescope
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The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars.
PIA21837:
NASA's Hubble Sees Martian Moon Orbiting the Red Planet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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This image shows the sudden appearance of a bright aurora on Mars during a solar storm as observed by NASA's Maven orbiter. The purple-white color scheme shows the intensity of ultraviolet light seen on Mars' night side over the course of the event.
PIA21854:
Solar Storm Triggers Whole-Planet Aurora at Mars (Video)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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These images show the sudden appearance of a bright aurora on Mars during a solar storm in September 2017. The purple-white color scheme shows the intensity of ultraviolet light seen on Mars' night side before (left) and during (right) the event.
PIA21855:
Solar Storm Triggers Whole-Planet Aurora at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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These profiles show the brightness of aurora emission in Mars' atmosphere at different altitudes. The data are from observations by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument (IUVS) on NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, or MAVEN.
PIA21857:
Martian Aurora 25 Times Brighter Than Prior Brightest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-29 Mars MAVEN
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Energetic particles from a large solar storm in September 2017 were seen both in Mars orbit by NASA's MAVEN orbiter, and on the surface of Mars by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21856:
Solar Storm's Radiation at Martian Orbit and Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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The Eridania basin of southern Mars is believed to have held a sea about 3.7 billion years ago, with seafloor deposits likely resulting from underwater hydrothermal activity.
PIA22059:
Estimated Water Depths in Ancient Martian Sea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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This diagram illustrates an interpretation for the origin of some deposits in the Eridania basin of southern Mars as resulting from seafloor hydrothermal activity more than 3 billion years ago.
PIA22060:
A Geologic Model for Eridania Basin on Ancient Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover conducted a test on Oct. 17, 2017, as part of the rover team's development of a new way to use the rover's drill.
PIA22063:
Mars Rover Step Toward Possible Resumption of Drilling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying a Mars rock outrcrop. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22105:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying rocks with its robotic arm. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22106:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #3
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover exploring Mars. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22107:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's concept shows a close-up of NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying an outcrop. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22108:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #5
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying its surroundings. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22109:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks at the horizon in this artist's concept. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22110:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #7
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-17 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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This artist's concept shows a close-up of NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying an outcrop. Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition.
PIA22111:
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Artist's Concept #1 (Updated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-13 Mars MAVEN
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This illustration depicts charged particles from a solar storm stripping away charged particles of Mars' atmosphere, one of the processes of Martian atmosphere loss studied by NASA's MAVEN mission, beginning in 2014.
PIA22076:
Visualizing a Solar Storm's Effect on Mars Atmosphere (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-25 Mars InSight
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NASA's InSight lander will land on Elysium Planitia on Mars. This image shows the candidate landing spot, a flat-smooth plain just north of the equator.
PIA22232:
InSight's Landing Site: Elysium Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image of the northwestern portion of Mars' Gale Crater and terrain north of it, from the ESA's Mars Express orbiter, provides a locator map for some features visible in an October 2017 panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA22208:
Locator Map for Features in Curiosity Panorama
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-13 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky blotting out the Sun from NASA's Opportunity rover's point of view, with the right side simulating Opportunity's current view in the global dust storm (June 2018).
PIA22521:
Shades of Martian Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-21 Mars InSight
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A camera calibration target sits on the deck of the NASA's InSight lander, adorned with the flags of different nations participating in the mission.
PIA22540:
InSight Camera Calibration Target, Laser Retroreflector, and Microchip
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-09 Mars InSight
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Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado, test the solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander several months before launch.
PIA22739:
Pre-Launch Testing of InSight's Solar Arrays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-09 Mars InSight
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Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado, prepare NASA's InSight lander for testing in a thermal vacuum chamber several months before launch.
PIA22740:
Pre-Launch T-VAC Testing on InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-09 Mars InSight
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Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space, Denver, Colorado, test the robotic arm on NASA's InSight lander several months before launch.
PIA22741:
Pre-Launch Testing of InSight's Robotic Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-11 Mars InSight
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NASA's InSight mission tests an engineering version of the spacecraft's robotic arm in a Mars-like environment at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA22806:
InSight Robotic Arm Test Lift of Wind and Thermal Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-11 Mars InSight
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An engineering version of the robotic arm on NASA's InSight mission lifts the engineering version of the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe (HP3) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
PIA22807:
InSight Robotic Arm Test Lift of Heat Probe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-22 Mars MarCO
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The is the first image of Mars captured by one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats showing both the CubeSat's unfolded high-gain antenna at right and Mars just below, acquired by MarCO-B on October 2, 2018.
PIA22742:
First Image of Mars from a CubeSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-21 Mars InSight
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This image shows an engineering model of NASA's InSight lander during a rehearsal for instrument deployment in a Mars-like testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
PIA22808:
InSight Instrument Deployment Test in JPL Sandbox
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-21 Mars InSight
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This image of NASA's InSight spacecraft, taken at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado, shows several of the critical landing systems including the thrusters, lander legs and science deck.
PIA22572:
InSight Landing Systems
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-25 Mars MarCO
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On Nov. 24, 2018, MarCO-B, one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this picture of the Red Planet, which appears as small, grey dot in the lower left quadrant of the image.
PIA22830:
Two Days Till Mars for MarCO
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-26 Mars MarCO
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On Nov. 26, 2018, MarCO-B, one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) away during its flyby of the Red Planet.
PIA22833:
Farewell to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-30 Mars MarCO
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On Nov. 26, 2018, MarCO-B, one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 11,300 miles (18,200 kilometers) away shortly before NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars.
PIA22831:
Mars, Before InSight's Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-30 Mars MarCO
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On Nov. 26, 2018, MarCO-B, one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 10,900 miles (17,500 kilometers) away just after NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars.
PIA22832:
Away from Mars, With Sunburst
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-30 Mars MarCO
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On Nov. 26, 2018, MarCO-B, one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took another image of Mars from about 10,900 miles (17,500 kilometers) away just after NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars.
PIA22834:
Away from Mars, With Reflection
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-07 Mars MarCO
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MarCO-B, one of the experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took these images as it approached Mars, just before NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on the planet.
PIA22655:
MarCO-B (Wall-E) approaches Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-07 Mars InSight
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This image shows the spectrogram of vibrations (frequency spectrum over time) recorded by two of the three sensors of the short period seismometer on NASA's InSight lander on Mars.
PIA22925:
Vibrations from InSight's First 20 Minutes on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-07 Mars InSight
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This image shows a copy of one of the sensors on NASA InSight's seismometer, compared to a 2-euro coin (about 1 inch wide).
PIA22926:
Small Seismic Sensor on InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-13 Mars Mars 2020
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This artist's concept depicts an aerial view of what the Jezero Crater area of Mars may have looked like billions of years ago.
PIA22907:
Lake Jezero (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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Engineers practice deploying InSight's instruments in a lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22744:
Practicing InSight Instrument Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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Engineers in Pasadena, California, sculpt a gravel-like material to mimic the terrain in front of NASA's InSight lander on Mars.
PIA22879:
Marsforming for InSight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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Engineers measure their test lander's 'workspace' -- the terrain where scientists want to set InSight's instruments -- at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22880:
Measuring the Workspace
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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The InSight Project Manager (standing) and an engineer wear Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headsets, which project digital terrain models of InSight's landing location on Mars over a lab space.
PIA22951:
Marsforming With HoloLens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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An engineer watches as a test version of NASA's Mars InSight lander grasps a model of the spacecraft's seismometer. This work was done at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22952:
Inspecting Instrument Deployment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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ForeSight, a fully functional, full-size model of NASA's InSight lander, sits in a lab space that has been sculpted to match terrain in front of the real lander on Mars. This work was done at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22953:
ForeSight's Workspace
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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ForeSight, a fully functional, full-size model of NASA's InSight lander, grasps a model of the lander's Wind and Thermal Shield. This testing was done at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22954:
ForeSight's Grapple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Mars InSight
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ForeSight, a fully functional, full-size model of NASA's InSight lander, practices deploying a model of the lander's Wind and Thermal Shield. This testing was done at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
PIA22955:
Setting the Wind and Thermal Shield
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-07-22 Mars 1400x788x3
This artist's concept is a simulation of what seismic waves from a marsquake might look like as they move through different layers of the Martian interior.
PIA23344:
Seismic Waves Inside Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-25 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, depicted above Mars in this artist's concept illustration, began orbiting Mars on March 10, 2006. It carries three cameras, a ground-penetrating radar, a mineral-mapping spectrometer and a sounding instrument.
PIA04758:
Artist's Concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-10-22 Mars Mars Express (MEX)
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The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft is depicted in orbit around Mars in this artist's concept illustration.
PIA04802:
Mars Express, Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-09 Mars Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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A computer graphics model of NASA's Opportunity lander and rover are super-imposed on top of the martian terrain where Opportunity landed.
PIA05231:
Top View of a Computer Graphic Model of the Opportunity Lander and Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The green diamond shows approximately where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse).
PIA15981:
Where Curiosity Landed on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This labeled version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a fin on the radioisotope thermoelectric generator, the rear left wheel and a spring that released the dust cover.
PIA15982:
Curiosity's Rear View, Annotated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit the variety of elements present in the soil at the rover's landing site. Iron and silicon make up the majority of the martian soil. Sulfur and chlorine were also observed as expected.
PIA05114:
A Rainbow of Martian Elements
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-19 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-01 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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This graph shows the relative concentrations of bromine and chlorine at various locations on Earth and Mars. Typically, bromine and chlorine stick together in a fixed ratio, as in martian meteorites and Earth seawater.
PIA05676:
Bromine and Chlorine Go Separate Ways
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-14 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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These two sets of bar graphs compare the elemental compositions of martian rocks 'Bounce,' located at Meridiani Planum; EETA79001-B, a martian meteorite found in Antarctica; a rock found at the Mars Pathfinder landing site; Shergotty, a martian meteorite.
PIA05752:
'Bounce' and Martian Meteorite of the Same Mold
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-08 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Spirit Sees Salty Soil
PIA06043:
Spirit Sees Salty Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-16 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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This plot shows that levels of the element chlorine rise dramatically in the deeper rocks lining the walls of the crater dubbed 'Endurance' on Mars. The data shown here were taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA06683:
Chlorine Clues
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-01 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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This graphic presents information gained by examining part of the Martian rock called 'Tisdale 2' with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer onboard NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Found were elevated zinc and bromine in the rock.
PIA14747:
Elevated Zinc and Bromine in Rock on Endeavour Rim
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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 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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The yellow triangles on this graph indicate concentrations of the elements titanium and silicon in selected rock targets with high silica content analyzed by the APXS instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA20274:
Silicon and Titanium Correlation in Selected Rocks at Gale Crater, Mars
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