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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the surroundings of a site on lower Mount Sharp where the rover spent its 1,000th Martian day, or sol, on Mars.
PIA19679:
Panorama from Curiosity's Sol 1000 Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 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 partway back down a slope it climbed toward 'Marias Pass' on lower Mount Sharp. The image was taken May 22, 2015.
PIA20175:
Area with Silica-Rich Target Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama shows the 'Marias Pass' area, at center, and part of the slope that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover climbed to get there, at right.
PIA20266:
Full-Circle View Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of discoloration closely linked to fractures in the Stimson formation sandstone on lower Mount Sharp. The pattern is evident along two perpendicular fractures.
PIA20268:
Discolored Fracture Zones in Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes field on Mars. As on Earth, the downwind side of an active sand dune has a steep slope called a slip face.
PIA20281:
Slip Face on Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, taken on Dec. 17, 2015, shows the downwind side of a dune about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes on Mars. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA20282:
Downwind Side of 'Namib' Sand Dune on Mars, Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This Dec. 2, 2016, view from the Navcam on the mast of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows rocky ground within view while the rover was working at an intended drilling site called 'Precipice' on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21140:
Martian Terrain Near Curiosity's 'Precipice' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The left side of this 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the long rows of ripples on a linear shaped dune in the Bagnold Dune Field on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA21268:
Full-Circle Vista With a Linear Shaped Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from an animation shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, scooting across the ground inside Gale Crater, as observed on the local summer afternoon of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover's on Feb. 1, 2017.
PIA21270:
Martian Dust Devil Action in Gale Crater, Sol 1597 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Beyond a dark sand dune closer to the rover, a Martian dust devil passes in front of the horizon in this frame from an animation from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21481:
Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Dust devils dance in the distance in this frame from a sequence of images taken by the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 12, 2017, during the summer afternoon.
PIA21482:
Curiosity Observes Whirlwinds Carrying Martian Dust Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This frame from a sequence of images shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, on lower Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater, as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover during the summer afternoon of Feb. 18, 2017.
PIA21483:
Swirling Dust in Gale Crater, Mars, Sol 1613 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Pale zones called 'halos' border bedrock fractures visible in this 2015 image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. The location is on the lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp.
PIA21649:
Halos in Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Clouds drift across the sky above a Martian horizon in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21840:
Clouds Sailing Above Martian Horizon, Enhanced Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an accelerated sequence of enhanced images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21841:
Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Enhanced Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky in this frame from an unehanced accelerated sequence of early-morning images taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21842:
Clouds Sailing Overhead on Mars, Unenhanced Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-04 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This series of images shows the shadow of Phobos as it sweeps over NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and darkens the sunlight on Monday, March 25, 2019 (Sol 2358).
PIA23135:
Curiosity Observes Sunset Eclipse: Sol 2358
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover imaged these drifting clouds on May 12, 2019, the 2,405th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, using its Navigation Cameras (Navcams).
PIA23241:
Curiosity Sees Drifting Clouds Over Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover imaged these drifting clouds on May 7, 2019, the 2,400th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, using its Navigation Cameras (Navcams).
PIA23242:
Curiosity Sees More Clouds Over Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover imaged these drifting clouds on May 17, 2019, the 2,410th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, using its Navigation Cameras (Navcams).
PIA23243:
Curiosity's Three-Frame Mosaic of Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-03-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This video, taken by one of the Navigation Cameras, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, shows the rover's robotic arm as it rotates to take a selfie.
PIA23625:
Navcam Movie of How Curiosity Takes a Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity extended its robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012, for the first time on Mars and used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view of the extended arm.
PIA15692:
Curiosity Extends Arm for First Time on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover placed the APXS instrument onto the rock to assess what chemical elements were present in the rock.
PIA16220:
Curiosity's Rock-Contact Science Begins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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 2012-08-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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Like a human working in a radiation environment, NASA's Curiosity rover carries its own version of a dosimeter to measure radiation from outer space and the sun. This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected the rover's Radiation Assessment Detector.
PIA16020:
Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the variation of radiation dose measured by the Radiation Assessment Detector on NASA's Curiosity rover over about 50 sols, or Martian days, on Mars.
PIA16480:
Longer-Term Radiation Variations at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration depicts the two main types of radiation that NASA's Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) onboard Curiosity monitors, and how the magnetic field around Earth affects the radiation in space near Earth.
PIA16938:
Sources of Ionizing Radiation in Interplanetary Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.
PIA16939:
Radiation Measurements During Trip From Earth to Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph based on data from the RAD instrument onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft shows the flux of energetic particles (vertical axis) as a function of the estimated energy deposited in water (horizontal axis).
PIA17060:
Calculating Radiation Dose for Biological Tissue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic compares the radiation dose equivalent for several types of experiences, including a calculation for a trip from Earth to Mars based on measurements made by the RAD instrument shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.
PIA17061:
Comparison of Some Radiation Exposures to Mars-Trip Level
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Measurements with the MSL's RAD on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover during the flight to Mars and now on the surface of Mars enable an estimate of the radiation astronauts would be exposed to on an expedition to Mars.
PIA17601:
Radiation Exposure Comparisons with Mars Trip Calculation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Micrograys are unit of measurement for absorbed radiation dose. The vertical axis is in micrograys per day. The RAD instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover monitors the natural radiation environment at the surface of Mars.
PIA17600:
Radiation Measurements on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic shows the daily variations in Martian radiation and atmospheric pressure as measured by NASA's Curiosity rover. As pressure increases, the total radiation dose decreases.
PIA16479:
Daily Cycles of Radiation and Pressure at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Robotic Arm (MSL)
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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the turret of tools at the end of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
PIA16085:
End of Curiosity's Extended Arm, Full-Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station
PIA16475:
Mountain Winds at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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Twenty-one times during the first 12 weeks that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity worked on Mars, the rover's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) detected brief dips in air pressure that could be caused by a passing whirlwind.
PIA16476:
Signs of a Whirlwind in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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This graph shows the atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover. Pressure is a measure of the amount of air in the whole column of atmosphere sitting above the rover.
PIA16477:
Pressure Cycles on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
REMS
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This graph compares a typical daily pattern of changing atmospheric pressure (blue) with the pattern during a regional dust storm hundreds of miles away (red). The data are by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16455:
Atmospheric Pressure Patterns Before and During Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image maps the traverse of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity from 'Bradbury Landing' to 'Yellowknife Bay,' with an inset documenting a change in the ground's thermal properties with arrival at a different type of terrain.
PIA16708:
Curiosity's Traverse into Different Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graph shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's pattern atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16912:
Seasonal Pressure Curve Peaks at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This pair of graphs shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's record of temperatures (in degrees Celsius) measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16913:
Steady Temperatures at Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This graphic tracks the maximum relative humidity and the temperature at which that maximum occurred each Martian day, or sol, for about one-fourth of a Martian year, as measured by REMS on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA16915:
Humidity in Gale Crater: Scant and Variable
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By monitoring weather throughout two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater in 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns such as shown in these graphs of temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure.
PIA20600:
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This subframe image from the left Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the covers in place over two sample inlet funnels of the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite.
PIA16446:
Inlet Covers for Sample Analysis at Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This plot of data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the variety of gases that were released from sand grains upon heating in the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM.
PIA16573:
Heating Martian Sand Grains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This plot shows the first-ever look at the deuterium to hydrogen ratio measured from the surface of Mars, as detected by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, on NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA16574:
Atmospheric Loss on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected sulfur, chlorine, and oxygen compounds in fine grains scooped by the rover at a wind drift site called 'Rocknest.' The grains were heated and analyzed using the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite.
PIA16575:
Signs of Perchlorates and Sulfur Containing Compounds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The first examinations of Martian soil by the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover show no definitive detection of Martian organic molecules at this point.
PIA16576:
Chlorinated Compounds at 'Rocknest'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An analysis of a drilled rock sample from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the presence of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide released on heating.
PIA16835:
Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover has detected the simple carbon-containing compounds chloro- and dichloromethane from the powdered rock sample extracted from the 'John Klein' rock on Mars.
PIA16836:
Chlorinated Forms of Methane at "John Klein" Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This illustration shows the instruments and subsystems of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite on the Curiosity Rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project. SAM analyzes the gases in the Martian atmosphere.
PIA16816:
The SAM Suite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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As the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover heats a sample, gases are released (or 'evolved') from the sample and can be identified using SAM's quadrupole mass spectrometer.
PIA16817:
Major Volatiles Released from the Fourth 'John Klein' Portion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image, made by the quadrupole mass spectrometer in the SAM suite of instruments in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. shows the ratio of the argon isotope argon-36 to the heavier argon isotope argon-38, in various measurements.
PIA16818:
Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image graphs four gases released ('evolved') when powdered rock from the target rock 'Cumberland' was heated inside the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17599:
Volatiles Released by Heating Sample Powder from Martian Rock 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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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.
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 2016-05-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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By repeated measurements of the concentration of methane in the atmosphere at Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected long-term variation in background levels below one part per billion.
PIA20601:
Methane Background Levels at Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover used its Sample Analysis at Mars to detect seasonal changes in atmospheric methane in Gale Crater. The methane signal has been observed for nearly three Martian years (nearly six Earth years), peaking each summer.
PIA22328:
Mars' Mysterious Methane
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA has selected Gale crater as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. This view of Gale is a mosaic of observations from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
PIA14290:
Gale Crater: Future Home of Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-12 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the 'John Klein' rock.
PIA16832:
Location of John Klein Drill Site
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