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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Atmospheric Structure / Meteorology Instrument
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In this figure from NASA's Mars Pathfinder, you can see a significant increase in pressure on Sol 81, Sept. 25 1997. This is an indication of a frontal system has moved across the landing sight.
PIA00977:
MPF Lander Measured Surface Pressure
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Mars Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Atmospheric Structure / Meteorology Instrument
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This temperature figure shows the change in the mean and variance of the temperature fluctuations at NASA's Mars Pathfinder landing site. The science team suspects that a cold front has past of the landing sight between Sols 80 and 81, Sept. 25 & 26, 1997
PIA00978:
MPF Top-Mast Measured Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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The letter 'B' or perhaps the figure '8' appears to have been etched into the Mars rock at the left edge of this picture taken by NASA's Viking 1 Lander. It is believed to be an illusion caused by weathering processes and the angle of the sun.
PIA00386:
Example of Weathering And Sun Angle
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This Mars view looks northeast from NASA's Viking 1 and completes the 360 panorama of the landing site. A layer of haze can be seen in the Martian sky. Large dark boulders dominate the scene.
PIA00387:
Northeast View from Viking Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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The flag of the United States stands on the surface of Mars. It is mounted on the housing of NASA's Viking 1's nuclear power system. Also seen are the U.S. Bicentennial symbol and a student-designed Viking emblem.
PIA00388:
The United States Flag Stands On The Surface Of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image from NASA's Viking 1 shows the trench excavated by its surface sampler.
PIA00389:
Trench Excavated By Viking 1 Surface Sampler
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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One of NASA's Viking 1's three feet, which should be visible in this view, lies buried beneath a cover of loose Martian soil.
PIA00390:
Viking Lander's Buried Footpad #3
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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Sand dunes and large rocks are revealed in this panorama picture of Mars, the first photograph taken by NASA's Viking 1's Camera 1 on July 23, 1976. The horizon is approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) away.
PIA00391:
Sand Dunes And Large Rocks Revealed By Camera 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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Those Martian weather reports, received here daily from more than 200 million miles away, start right here at NASA's Viking 1's meteorology instrument. Mounted atop the extended boom, the meteorology sensors face away from the spacecraft.
PIA00392:
The Meteorology Instrument on Viking Lander 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This spectacular picture of the Martian landscape by NASA's Viking 1 Lander shows a dune field with features remarkably similar to many seen in the deserts of Earth.
PIA00393:
Martian Dune Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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NASA's Viking 2's first picture on the surface of Mars was taken within minutes after the spacecraft touched down on Sept. 3, 1976. The scene reveals a wide variety of rocks littering a surface of fine-grained deposit.
PIA00396:
Viking Lander 2's First Picture On The Surface Of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This pair of pictures from NASA's Viking Lander 1 at Mars' Chryse Planitia shows the only unequivocal change in the Martian surface seen by either lander. A high boulder nicknamed 'Big Joe' is shown next to a small-scale slump feature.
PIA00397:
Boulder 'Big Joe' And Surface Changes On Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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A shallow 12-inch-long trench was dug by Viking 2's surface sampler scoop on Sept. 12, 1976 on Mars.
PIA00526:
Trench Left By Sampler Scoop
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This six-inch-deep, 12- inch-wide, 29-inch-long hole was dug Feb. 12 and 14, 1976 by NASA's Viking Lander 1 as the first sequence in an attempt to reach a foot beneath the surface of the red planet Mars.
PIA00529:
VL1 Digs A Deep Hole On Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image shows surface changes on Mars between touchdowns for NASA's Viking Lander 1 and Viking Lander 2 between Aug. 15, 1976 and Sept. 20, 1978. Whale Rock is shown at left.
PIA00532:
Surface Changes in Chryse Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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NASA's Viking 1 obtained this color picture of the Martian surface and sky on July 24, 1997; part of the spacecraft's gray structure in the foreground.
PIA00564:
Vivid Colors of the Viking Lander 1 Scene
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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The flag of the United States with the rocky Martian surface in the background is seen in this color picture taken on the sixth day of NASA's Viking Lander 1 on Mars on July 26, 1997.
PIA00565:
Viking Lander 1's U.S. Flag on Mars Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This high-resolution color photo of the surface of Mars was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 2 at its Utopia Planitia landing site on May 18, 1979, and relayed to Earth by Orbiter 1 on June 7.
PIA00571:
Ice on Mars Utopia Planitia Again
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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Near NASA's Viking 1 Lander on the Chryse Plains of Mars, 'Big Joe' stands a silent vigil.
PIA00572:
Big Joe in the Chryse Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-02 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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The boulder-strewn field of red rocks reaches to the horizon nearly two miles from NASA's Viking 2 on Mars' Utopian Plain.
PIA01522:
Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-07-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1 at Chryse Planitia on Mars. The lander can be seen in the foreground looking toward the rugged martian terrain.
PIA03163:
Morning on Chryse Planitia - Viking Lander 1 Camera 1 Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-07-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1 at Chryse Planitia on Mars. The lander can be seen in the foreground looking toward the rugged martian terrain.
PIA03164:
Morning on Chryse Planitia - Viking Lander 1 Camera 2 Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-07-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1 at Chryse Planitia on Mars. The lander can be seen in the foreground looking toward the rugged martian terrain.
PIA03165:
Afternoon on Chryse Planitia - Viking Lander 1 Camera 1 Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-07-30 Mars Viking
Camera 1
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This image was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1 at Chryse Planitia on Mars. The lander can be seen in the foreground looking toward the rugged martian terrain.
PIA03166:
Afternoon on Chryse Planitia - Viking Lander 1 Camera 2 Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-15 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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Operation of the surface sampler in obtaining Martian soil for NASA's Viking 2's molecular analysis experiment. Dubbed 'Bonneville Salt Flats,' the exposure of thin crust appeared unique in contrast with surrounding materials.
PIA00145:
Surface Sampler Arm Acquiring Sample
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-08 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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NASA's Viking Lander 2 captured this image of rocks nearby a large impact crater. Most rocks appear to have vesicles, or small holes, in them.
PIA00363:
Soil Sample Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-08 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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The rocky Martian plain surrounding NASA's Viking 2 is seen in high resolution in this 85-degree panorama sweeping from north at the left to east at right during the Martian afternoon on Sept. 5, 1976.
PIA00364:
Rocky Martian Plain
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This is the first photograph ever taken on the surface of the planet Mars. It was obtained by NASA's Viking 1 just minutes after the spacecraft landed successfully July 20, 1976.
PIA00381:
First Photograph Taken On Mars Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-30 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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First panoramic view by NASA's Viking 1 from the surface of Mars taken in 1976. Toward the right edge is an array of smooth fine-grained material which shows some hint of ripple structure and may be the beginning of a large dune field.
PIA00382:
First Panoramic View From The Surface Of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-30 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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First panoramic view by NASA's Viking 1 from the surface of Mars taken in 1976. Toward the right edge is an array of smooth fine-grained material which shows some hint of ripple structure and may be the beginning of a large dune field.
PIA00383:
First Panoramic View From The Surface Of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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The patch of dark material toward the top of this picture taken by NASA's Viking 1 Lander is the debris kicked up by the impact of a protective cover ejected from the spacecraft.
PIA00384:
Debris Kicked Up By Impact of A Protective Cover from Viking Lander 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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NASA's Viking 1 took this high-resolution on its third day on Mars. The photo shows numerous angular blocks ranging in size from a few centimeters to several meters.
PIA00385:
High Resolution Image From Viking Lander 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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The dark bullseye pattern seen at the top of NASA's Viking 1's camera calibration chart indicates the presence of magnetic particles in the fine dust in the Martian atmosphere.
PIA00394:
Magnetic Particles Are Found In The Martian Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-12-12 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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The collector head of NASA's Viking 1's surface sampler is full of Martian soil destined for the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, the instrument which analyzes the surface material for the presence of organic molecules.
PIA00395:
The Collector Head Of Viking Lander 1's Surface Sampler
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-08 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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Photographic evidence of the successful series of commands to NASA's Viking 1 lander on Mars that unlocked the surface sampler arm is seen in this picture.
PIA00398:
Surface Sampler Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-08 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This rocky panoramic scene is the second picture of the Martian surface that was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 2 shortly after touchdown on Sept. 3, 1976. The site is on a northern plain of Mars known as Utopia Planitia.
PIA00399:
Northern Plains Of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-08 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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Two high-resolution scans by one of NASA's Viking 2's cameras were mosaiced to create this scene looking northeast to the horizon some three kilometers (two miles) away.
PIA00525:
High-Resolution Mosaic - Mars Rocky Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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Shining on the Martian surface near NASA's Viking 2 spacecraft is the aluminum shroud, or cover, which protected the collector head of the surface sampler instrument during Viking's year-long journey from Earth.
PIA00527:
Ejected Shroud on the Martian Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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NASA's Viking 2's soil sampler collector arm successfully pushed a rock on the surface of Mars during the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 8, 1977.
PIA00528:
'Mister Badger' Pushing Mars Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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NASA's Viking Lander 2 picture from Utopia Planitia shows the first clear indication of frost accumulation on the Martian surface seen by lander cameras. The season is late winter, Sept. 13, 1977.
PIA00530:
Frost on Utopia Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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NASA's Viking Lander 1 took this image of Mars' rocky surface.
PIA00531:
Viking Phase III
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-01-09 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This high-resolution photo of the surface of Mars was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 2 at its Utopia Planitia landing site on May 18, 1979 and relayed to Earth by Viking Orbiter 1 on June 7.
PIA00533:
Ice On Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This color picture of Mars was taken July 21, 1997, the day following NASA's Viking l successfully landed on the red planet.
PIA00563:
First Color Image From Viking Lander 1
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Camera 2
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This color image of the Martian surface in the Chryse area was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1, looking southwest, about 15 minutes before sunset on the evening of August 21, 1997.
PIA00567:
Sunset at the Viking Lander 1 Site
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Camera 2
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The first color picture taken by NASA's Viking 2 on the Martian surface shows a rocky reddish surface in 1997.
PIA00568:
First Color Image of the Viking Lander 2 Site
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Camera 2
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Looking south from NASA's Viking 2 on Sept. 6, 1997, the orange-red surface of the nearly level plain upon which the spacecraft sits is seen strewn with rocks as large as three feet across.
PIA00569:
Bright Summer Afternoon on the Mars Utopian Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-02-28 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This image taken on Sept. 25, 1977 from NASA's Viking Lander 2 shows late-winter frost on the ground on Mars around the lander. The view is southeast over the top of Lander 2, and shows patches of frost around dark rocks.
PIA00573:
Frost at the Viking Lander 2 Site
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Camera 2
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A Martian sunrise was captured in this image taken by NASA's Viking 2 Lander on June 14, 1978, at the spacecraft's Utopia Planitia landing site.
PIA00576:
Martian Sunrise at Utopia Planitia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-30 Mars Viking
Camera 2
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This image was taken by NASA's Viking Lander 1 on August 1, 1976, 12 sols after landing. The soil beneath Viking 1 has been exposed due to exhaust from thruster engines during descent.
PIA10738:
Mars Surface near Viking Lander 1 Footpad
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
PIA16217:
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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These images, made from data obtained by Curiosity's CheMin, show the patterns obtained from a drift of windblown dust and sand called 'Rocknest' and from a powdered rock sample drilled from the 'John Klein' bedrock.
PIA16830:
Minerals at 'Rocknest' and 'John Klein'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This side-by-side comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from rocks on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover. The images present data obtained by Curiosity's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin).
PIA19038:
Signature of Hematite in 'Confidence Hills' Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graph presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Buckskin' and 'Greenhorn' target locations on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20273:
Silica in Opal at 'Buckskin' and 'Greenhorn' on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This series of pie charts shows similarities and differences in the mineral compositions of mudstones at 10 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock-powder samples and analyzed them with the rover's Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument.
PIA21146:
Mudstone Mineralogy from Curiosity's CheMin, 2013 to 2016
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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Data graphed here from the CheMin instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show a difference between clay minerals in powder drilled from mudstone outcrops at two locations, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes' in Mars' Gale Crater.
PIA21147:
Detecting a Difference in Clay Minerals at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This diagram illustrates how the dimensions of clay minerals' crystal structure are affected by which ions are present in the composition of the mineral. Different clay minerals were identified this way at two sites, 'Yellowknife Bay' and 'Murray Buttes'
PIA21148:
Clay Mineral Crystal Structure Tied to Composition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
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This graphic shows proportions of minerals identified in mudstone exposures at the 'Yellowknife Bay' location where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover first analyzed bedrock, in 2013, and at the 'Murray Buttes' area investigated in 2016.
PIA21149:
Mineral Content Comparison at Two Gale Crater Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the cover on an inlet that will receive powdered rock and soil samples for analysis. The image also shows sand and angular and rounded pebbles that were deposited on the rover deck when it landed.
PIA16162:
Getting Ready for Sampling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the open inlet where powdered rock and soil samples will be funneled down for analysis.
PIA16163:
Say 'Ahh' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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The graph at right presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Buckskin' target location, shown at left.
PIA20271:
'Buckskin' Drill Hole and CheMin X-ray Diffraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
MAHLI
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The graph at right presents information from the NASA Curiosity Mars rover's onboard analysis of rock powder drilled from the 'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' target locations, shown at left.
PIA20272:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drill Holes and CheMin X-ray Diffraction
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images shows a 'bite mark' where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil.
PIA16173:
Curiosity Digs In
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CheMin
Mastcam
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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the upper portion of a wind-blown deposit dubbed 'Rocknest.' At left, colors are unmodified, showing the scene as it would appear on Mars, which has a dusty red-colored atmosphere.
PIA16174:
Wind-Blown Martian Sand
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser to examine side-by-side points in a target patch of soil, leaving the marks apparent in this before-and-after comparison.
PIA15695:
Marks of Laser Exam on Martian Soil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This image shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover before it was installed on the rover and readied for launch.
PIA16070:
Pre-Launch Calibration Target for ChemCam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This mosaic shows the calibration target for the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover, as seen by the ChemCam's remote micro-imager. The 10 images incorporated in this mosaic were taken on Aug. 15.
PIA16071:
Checking out ChemCam's View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
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Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.
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Mars Rock 'Rocknest 3' Imaged by Curiosity's ChemCam
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ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows close-ups of light-toned veins in rocks in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars together with analyses of their composition.
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Calcium-Rich Veins in Martian Rocks
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ChemCam
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This graphic from NASA's Curiosity mission shows an analysis of the composition of two rocks called 'Crest' and 'Rapitan' in the 'Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars.
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Signs of Hydrated Calcium Sulfates in Martian Rocks
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ChemCam
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This set of images shows the similarity of sulfate-rich veins seen on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover to sulfate-rich veins seen on Earth.
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Veins in Rocks on Mars and Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.
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Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This head-on view shows the tip of the drill bit on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The view merges two exposures taken by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument at different focus settings.
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Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Head-on View
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ChemCam
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock. The images were taken by the remote micro-imager camera in the laser-firing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target showing spectral measurements from the first shot, which hit dust on the target, compared to spectral measurements of from the 50th shot.
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Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the first 100 Martian days of the mission differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
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Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
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Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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ChemCam
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover would have capabilities for nested-scale observations and localized composition identification down to microscopic scale.
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The Importance of Nested Scales of Observations, Fine Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Since landing on Mars in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has fired the laser on its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument more than 100,000 times at rock and soil targets up to about 23 feet (7 meters) away.
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Target for 100,000th Laser Shot by Curiosity on Mars
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This graph shows a spectrum recorded by the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover; it is is typical of Martian volcanic (basalt) material.
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ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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ChemCam
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As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is progressing toward Mount Sharp, researchers are using the rover's RIM and ChemCam instruments to examine soils and rocks in Gale Crater.
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Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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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.
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Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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This image from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows detailed texture of a rock target called 'Yellowjacket' on Mars' Mount Sharp.
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Auto-Focused on Details in "Yellowjacket" on Mars
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These images and overlay bar charts at 'Garden City' from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover indicate where some high-potassium material is localized within mineral veins.
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Dark, Thin Fracture-Filling Material
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These images at 'Garden City' from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover indicate similarly dark material, but with very different chemistries, in mineral veins.
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Thick, Dark Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars
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ChemCam
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This image from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows detailed texture of a rock target called 'Elk' on Mars' Mount Sharp.
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Details on Silica-Rich 'Elk' Target near 'Marias Pass'
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This view of 'Vera Rubin Ridge' from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows multiple sedimentary layers and fracture-filling deposits of minerals.
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Micro-imager View: Layers in 'Vera Rubin Ridge,' Mars
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The Chemistry and Camera instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover examined a freshly brushed area on target rock 'Christmas Cove' and found spectral evidence of hematite, an iron-oxide mineral.
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Curiosity's ChemCam Checks 'Christmas Cove' Colors
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This mosaic shows various scenes captured from a location called Housedon Hill by the ChemCam instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover between September 9 and October 23, 2020 (Sols 2878 and 2921).
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Housedon Hill Mosaic Taken by Curiosity's ChemCam
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover (blue line) and locations where the rover's ChemCam instrument detected the element boron (dots, colored by abundance of boron according to the key at right).
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Where's Boron? Mars Rover Detects It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The hole that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drilled into target rock 'John Klein' provided a view into the interior of the rock, as well as obtaining a sample of powdered material from the rock.
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View into 'John Klein' Drill Hole in Martian Mudstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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A Martian target rock called 'Nova,' shown here, displayed an increasing concentration of aluminum as a series of laser shots from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover penetrated through dust on the rock's surface.
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Curiosity's ChemCam Examines Mars Rock Target 'Nova'
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Mastcam
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as 'Jake Matijevic.' The red dots are where ChemCam zapped the rock with its laser.
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Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Mastcam
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A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated.
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Laser Hits on Martian Drill Tailings
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
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Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Mastcam
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This view of a Martian rock target called /Harrison' merges images from two cameras onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to provide both color and microscopic detail. The elongated crystals are likely feldspars, and the matrix is pyroxene-dominated.
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Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
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Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
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Mastcam
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This two-part illustration shows the context of the erosion-resistant, raised vein, called 'Catabola,' in an image from NASA's Curiosity's Mast Camera. The highest concentration of boron measured on Mars.
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Boron in Calcium Sulfate Vein at 'Catabola,' Mars
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