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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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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 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This map shows where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity landed in August 2012 at 'Bradbury Landing.' All of these features are inside Gale Crater. Curiosity's next major destination, the entry point to the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA17064:
From 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image produced from software used for planning drives of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity depicts the location and size of the rover when it was driven into position for drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.'
PIA17065:
Position of Curiosity for Drilling at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This view from the left Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity looks back at wheel tracks made during the first drive away from the last science target in the 'Glenelg' area.
PIA17272:
First Leg of Long Trek Toward Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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Lower slopes of Mount Sharp appear at the top of this image taken by the right Navigation Camera (Navcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the end of a drive of about 135 feet during the 329th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA17269:
Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this image on with its Hazcam just after completing a drive that took the mission's total driving distance past the 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) mark.
PIA17279:
One Down, Many Kilometers to Go
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A rise topped by two gray rocks near the center of the scene is informally named 'Twin Cairns Island' as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The center of the scene is toward the southwest.
PIA17083:
Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navigation Camera
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The prominent rock in this image from NASA's rover Curiosity, informally named 'East Bull Rock,' is about 20 inches (half a meter) high. The rock-studded local rise dominating the image is called 'Elsie Mountain'.
PIA17082:
Westward View from Curiosity on Sol 347
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view of the two moons of Mars comes from a set of images taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity as the larger moon, Phobos, passed in front of the smaller one, Deimos, from Curiosity's perspective, on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17350:
Two Moons of Mars in One Enhanced View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
PIA17351:
Illustration Comparing Apparent Sizes of Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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These six images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show the two moons of Mars moments before (left three) and after (right three) the larger moon, Phobos, occulted Deimos on Aug. 1, 2013.
PIA17353:
Before and After Occultation of Deimos by Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This image from a movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17352:
Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the scene from the rover's position on the 376th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Aug. 27, 2013).
PIA17354:
View Ahead After Curiosity's Sol 376 Drive Using Autonomous Navigation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-28 Phobos Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This set of three images shows views three seconds apart as the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passed directly in front of the sun as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17356:
Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17361:
Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.
PIA17362:
Pebbly Sandstone Conglomerate Rock at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a new technique, with added autonomy for the rover, in placement of the tool-bearing turret on its robotic arm. The technique is used to assess how close the instrument is to a soil or rock surface.
PIA17363:
Curiosity Uses X-ray Instrument's Data for Proximity Placement
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The low ridge that appears as a dark band below the horizon in the center of this scene is a Martian outcrop called 'Cooperstown,' a possible site for contact inspection with tools on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA17580:
Curiosity's View of "Cooperstown" Outcrop on Route to Mount Sharp
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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.
PIA17591:
Target for 100,000th Laser Shot by Curiosity on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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.
PIA17593:
ChemCam Spectrum from Martian Rock Target 'Ithaca'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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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.
PIA17594:
View into 'John Klein' Drill Hole in Martian Mudstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Curiosity shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation, and the sites where Curiosity drilled into the lowest-lying member, called Sheepbed, at targets 'John Klein' and 'Cumberland'.
PIA17595:
View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA17598:
Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
SAM
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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 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
RAD
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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 2013-12-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater, from a perspective in Yellowknife Bay looking toward west-northwest.
PIA17603:
Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater
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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 2013-12-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The rock-studded terrain NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has traversed since October 2013 appears to have accelerated the pace of wear and tear on the rover's wheels. Future drives may be charted to cross smoother ground where available.
PIA17581:
Rocky Mars Ground Where Curiosity Has Been Driving
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.
PIA17751:
Left-Front Wheel of Curiosity Rover, Approaching Three Miles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity captured this 3-D view of the rock-studded terrain Curiosity has traversed since October 2013, accelerating the pace of wear and tear on the rover's wheels.
PIA17584:
Rocky Mars Ground Where Curiosity Has Been Driving (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The view from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity covers a full 360 degrees, centered toward the south, with north at both the left and right ends. Nearer the horizon is a sand dune at a location called 'Dingo Gap'.
PIA17763:
Full-Circle Vista During Curiosity's Approach to 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain surrounding the rover's position on the 524th Martian day. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA17764:
Full-Circle Vista During Curiosity's Approach to 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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.
PIA17767:
Crystal-Laden Martian Rock Examined by Curiosity's Laser Instrument
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
DAN
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Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN), measures the flow of neutrons with different energy levels returning from the ground, and their delay times, as an indication of the amount and depth of hydrogen in the ground beneath the NASA's rover, Curiosity.
PIA17762:
Russian Hydrogen-Checking Instrument on Curiosity Fires 2 Millionth Pulse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-31 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17769:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-31 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This mosaic of images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the terrain to the west from the rover's position on Jan. 30, 2014.
PIA17930:
Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on its mast to catch this look-back eastward at wheel tracks from driving through and past 'Dingo Gap' inside Gale Crater.
PIA17939:
Curiosity Making Headway West of 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover caught its own shadow in this image taken just after completing a drive of 329 feet (100.3 meters) on the 547th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Feb. 18, 2014).
PIA17945:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Shadow After Long Backward Drive
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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 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This panorama combining images taken on Feb. 10, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks back to where the rover crossed a dune at 'Dingo Gap' four days earlier. The view is centered toward the east and spans about 225 degrees.
PIA17950:
Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view combining images taken on Feb. 10, 2014, by the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks back to where the rover crossed a dune at 'Dingo Gap' four days earlier. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17951:
Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. The site offers a diversity of rock types exposed close together.
PIA18073:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this stereo view of various rock types at waypoint called 'the Kimberley' shortly after arriving at the location on April 2, 2014. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA18074:
Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars in its approach to and April 1, 2014, arrival at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley,' which rover team scientists chose in 2013 as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
PIA18075:
Map of Curiosity Mars Rover's Drives to 'the Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a sandstone slab on which the rover team has selected a target, 'Windjana,' for close-up examination.
PIA18086:
Curiosity Mars Rover Beside Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.
PIA18089:
Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navigation Camera
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows two holes at top center drilled into a sandstone target called 'Windjana.' The farther hole, with larger pile of tailings around it, is a full-depth sampling hole.
PIA18090:
Sample-Collection Drill Hole on Martian Sandstone Target 'Windjana'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.
PIA18091:
Nighttime Image of Laser Sharpshooting on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock 'shell' about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior.
PIA18396:
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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This image, taken on Aug. 4, 2014, from the Navigation Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows wheel tracks printed by the rover as it drove on the sandy floor of a lowland called 'Hidden Valley' on the route toward Mount Sharp.
PIA18590:
Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-15 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This Aug. 12, 2012, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop that includes the 'Bonanza King' rock under consideration as a drilling target. Raised ridges on the flat rocks are visible at right.
PIA18601:
Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called 'Bonanza King,' visible from the rover's Mastcam.
PIA18602:
Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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A swept Martian rock called 'Bonanza King' can be seen in this image take by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. This rock is located across the boundary that defines the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18477:
A Bonanza of Clues About Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the 'Pahrump Hills' region on Mars.
PIA18476:
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The 'Bonanza King' rock on Mars, pictured here, was tapped by the drill belonging to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The tapping resulted in sand piling up on the rock after drilling, showing the rock was not firmly in place.
PIA18478:
Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
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Data from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show an unusual enrichment of silicon in the rocks dubbed 'Wildrose' and 'Bonanza King,' relative to other rocks studied at Gale Crater on Mars.
PIA18479:
Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.
PIA18608:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover's extended mission.
PIA18609:
First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a type of geometrically distinctive feature that researchers are using Curiosity to examine at a mudstone outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18610:
Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called 'Darwin' on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
PIA19083:
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Navcam (MSL)
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This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. It was taken by Curiosity's Navcam on Nov. 13, 2014.
PIA18883:
Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
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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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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.
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Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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SAM
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By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
PIA19086:
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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SAM
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This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
PIA19087:
Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater
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SAM
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This illustration portrays possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere.
PIA19088:
Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
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SAM
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called 'Cumberland.'
PIA19089:
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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SAM
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the 'Cumberland' rock sample and amounts of it in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Samples Analyzed by Curiosity
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SAM
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
PIA19091:
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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MAHLI
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This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.
PIA19105:
Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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MAHLI
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This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19140:
Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity
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Mastcam
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This mosaic of images from the Mastcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color. Raw color shows the scene's colors as they would look in a typical smart-phone camera photo, before any adjustment.
PIA16769:
Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors
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This raw-color view from Curiosity's Mastcam shows the rover's drill just after finishing a drilling operation at 'Telegraph Peak' on Feb. 24, 2015.
PIA19145:
Curiosity's Drill After Drilling at 'Telegraph Peak'
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Navcam (MSL)
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This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the position in which the rover held its arm for several days.
PIA19147:
Curiosity's Arm Holding Steady, Sol 915
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HiRISE
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This area at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars includes a pale outcrop, called 'Pahrump Hills,' that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover investigated from September 2014 to March 2015.
PIA19148:
Curiosity Heading Away from 'Pahrump Hills'
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19386:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) to capture this view on April 11, 2015, during the 952nd Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars.
PIA19387:
Scene From 'Artist's Drive' on Mars (Stereo)
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Mastcam
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes temperature and humidity sensors mounted on the rover's mast. One of the REMS booms extends to the left from the mast in this view.
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Mars Weather-Station Tools on Rover's Mast
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Hazcam (MSL)
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This view NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rover's drill in position for a mini-drill test to assess whether a rock target called 'Mojave' is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample. It was taken on Jan. 13, 2015.
PIA19104:
Curiosity Conducting Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'
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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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This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows a sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill from the 'Confidence Hills' target -- the first rock drilled after Curiosity reached the base of Mount Sharp in September 2014.
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'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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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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Navcam (MSL)
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looking up the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley,' a pale outcrop including drilling target 'Bonanza King' is at the center of the scene.
PIA18597:
Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars
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Panoramic Camera
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This full-circle panorama of the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on July 31, 2014, offers a view into sandy lower terrain called 'Hidden Valley'
PIA18409:
Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'
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MAHLI
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This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.
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Martian Sandstone Target "Windjana" Before and After Brushing Animation Icon
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Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.
PIA18083:
'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was taken the day before the rover's final approach drive to 'the Kimberley' waypoint, selected months ago as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
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Curiosity's View From Before Final Approach to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Navcam (MSL)
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On Feb. 19, 2014, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looked back after finishing a long drive. The rows of rocks just to the right of the fresh wheel tracks in this view are an outcrop called 'Junda.' This view is looking toward the east-northeast.
PIA17949:
Curiosity's View Back After Passing 'Junda' Striations
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Mastcam
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
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Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the calibration target for Mastcam on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
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Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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Navcam (MSL)
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This view through a valley called 'Artist's Drive' from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward.
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Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive'
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Navcam (MSL)
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This stereo view from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the terrain ahead of the rover as it makes its way westward through a valley called 'Artist's Drive.' 3-D glasses are need to view this image.
PIA19165:
Curiosity View Ahead Through 'Artist's Drive' (Stereo)
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MAHLI
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For scale, the Lincoln penny on the MAHLI calibration target is three-fourths inch (19 millimeters) in diameter. The calibration target is mounted on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
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First Night Image of MAHLI Calibration Target in White Lighting
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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.
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Flexing Curiosity's Arm
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MAHLI
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The left eye of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover's arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 5, 2012).
PIA15699:
Camera on Curiosity's Arm as Seen by Camera on Mast
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Navcam (MSL)
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With the addition of four high-resolution Navigation Camera, or Navcam, images, taken on Aug. 18 (Sol 12), Curiosity's 360-degree landing-site panorama now includes the highest point on Mount Sharp visible from the rover.
PIA16077:
The Heights of Mount Sharp
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ChemCam
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This composite image, with magnified insets, depicts the first laser test by the Chemistry and Camera, or ChemCam, instrument aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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First Laser-Zapped Rock on Mars
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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.
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Readying ChemCam
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This cropped image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows one set of marks on the surface of Mars where blasts from the descent-stage rocket engines blew away some of the surface material.
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Goulburn Scour Mark
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