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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera.
PIA16029:
Gale Crater Vista, in Glorious Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree image shows a complete, full-resolution panorama around NASA's Curiosity rover. The pointy rim of Gale Crater can be seen as a lighter strip along top right of the image. The base of Mount Sharp can be seen along top left.
PIA16074:
All Around Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover; the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 degrees and then reversing about 8 feet (2.5 meters).
PIA16092:
Curiosity's First Track Marks on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap ChemCam instrument. ChemCam will be firing a laser at this rock, provisionally named N165, and analyzing the glowing, ionized gas, called plasma, that the laser excites.
PIA16072:
Curiosity's First Rock Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic image shows part of the left side of NASA's Curiosity rover and two blast marks from the descent stage's rocket engines. The rim of Gale Crater is the lighter colored band across the horizon. The back of the rover is to the left.
PIA16040:
Traces of Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-29 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows a close-up of track marks from the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. The rover's arm is visible in the foreground. A close inspection of the tracks reveals a unique, repeating pattern: Morse code for JPL.
PIA16093:
Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
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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 2012-09-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called 'Link' pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust.
PIA16188:
Link to a Watery Past
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the 'Rocknest' site to give researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material forming the ripple.
PIA16205:
Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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The robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity delivered a sample of Martian soil to the rover's observation tray for the first time during the mission's 70th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 16, 2012).
PIA16232:
First Sample Placed on Curiosity's Observation Tray
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture the set of thumbnail images stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.
PIA16238:
Preliminary Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover's Arm Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity rover used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture a set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create a full-color self-portrait.
PIA16239:
High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
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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 2012-12-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map traces where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove between landing at a site subsequently named 'Bradbury Landing,' and the position reached during the mission's 123rd Martian day, or sol, (Aug. 10, 2012).
PIA16459:
Curiosity Traverse Map, Sol 123
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-18 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map traces where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove between landing at a site subsequently named 'Bradbury Landing,' where the rover entered a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' on Sol 125 (Dec.12).
PIA16554:
Curiosity Traverse Map, Sol 130
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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The sinuous rock feature in the lower center of this mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is called 'Snake River.' Curiosity gets a closer look at Snake River for before proceeding to other nearby rocks.
PIA16564:
'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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This image of a Martian rock dubbed 'Sayunei' is illuminated by ultraviolet LEDs (light emitting diodes) is part of the first set of nighttime images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imagery camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16712:
MAHLI's First Night Imaging of Martian Rock Under Ultraviolet Lighting
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-24 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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Illumination in this image comes from MAHLI's two ultraviolet LEDs, which emit light in a waveband centered at a wavelength of 365 nanometers in this image of a calibration target on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
PIA16714:
First Night Image of MAHLI Calibration Target Under Ultraviolet Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The bit in the rotary-percussion drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left its mark in a target patch of rock called 'John Klein' during a test on Feb. 2, 2013, in preparation for the first drilling of a rock by the rover.
PIA16717:
Preparatory Test for First Rock Drilling by Mars Rover Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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After an activity called the 'mini drill test' by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, the rover's MAHLI camera recorded this view of the results. The test generated a ring of powdered rock for inspection in advance of the rover's first full drilling.
PIA16761:
Close-Up After Preparatory Test of Drilling on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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At the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called 'John Klein' where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars.
PIA16726:
Curiosity's First Sample Drilling
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
PIA16730:
Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
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These schematic drawings show a top view and a cutaway view of a section of the drill on NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.
PIA16727:
Views of Curiosity's Drill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Phoenix
MAHLI
Panoramic Camera
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This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.
PIA16731:
Different Tools for Different Purposes on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The gray area in center of this image is where the Dust Removal Tool on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity brushed a rock target called 'Wernecke.' The brushing revealed dark nodules and white veins crisscrossing the light gray rock.
PIA16790:
Target 'Wernecke' After Brushing by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detects even very small amounts of water in the ground beneath the rover, primarily water bound into the crystal structure of hydrated minerals.
PIA16808:
Two Types of Modeling of Subsurface Water
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including a rock which the science team has named 'Hottah' after Hottah Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories.
PIA17062:
Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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The MAHLI camera on NASA's Curiosity rover is carried at an angle when the rover's arm is stowed for driving. Still, the camera is able to record views of the terrain Curiosity is crossing in Gale Crater.
PIA17081:
View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-24 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's rover Curiosity appears as a bluish dot near the lower right corner of this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA17080:
View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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In the upper central portion of this image is a patch of ground paler than its surroundings as seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity after reaching the top of a rise called 'Panorama Point.'
PIA17359:
Curiosity's View from 'Panorama Point' to 'Waypoint 1' and Outcrop 'Darwin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Navcam (MSL)
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A stereo landscape scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows at 'Junda' forming striations in the foreground, with Mount Sharp on the horizon. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA17948:
Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp (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 rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 (the start of the line in upper right) to a major waypoint called 'the Kimberley'.
PIA18076:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'The Kimberley' Waypoint
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-16 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and tracks from its driving are visible in this view from orbit, acquired on April 11, 2014, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA18081:
Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MAHLI
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the MAHLI camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called 'Windjana.'
PIA18390:
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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The route of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover up the slopes of Mount Sharp on Mars is indicated in yellow in this image. The rover's current position is marked with a star. This new route provides excellent access to many features in the 'Murray Formation.'
PIA18475:
Curiosity's Next Steps
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Hazcam (MSL)
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This image from the front Hazcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rover's drill in place during a test of whether the rock beneath it, 'Bonanza King,' would be an acceptable target for drilling to collect a sample.
PIA18603:
Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19067:
Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to Base of Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. NASA has selected Gale as the landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
PIA14293:
Daybreak at Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mars scientists have several important hypotheses about how these minerals may reflect changes in the amount of water on the surface of Mars. The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, will use its full suite of instruments to study these minerals.
PIA14297:
Rock Layers in Lower Mound in Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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More Than 60 Sites Considered for Next Mars Rover Landing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14302:
Holden Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14300:
Eberswalde Crater, a Finalist Not Selected as Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14301:
Gale Crater, the Selected Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
PIA14303:
Mawrth Vallis, a Finalist Not Selected as a Landing Site for Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The area in and near the landing site selected for landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory offers a diversity of possible targets for examination by the mission's rover, Curiosity.
PIA14305:
Attractions for Study in and near Curiosity's Selected Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The lower portion of a mountain inside Gale crater on Mars contains layers that may be examined by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory. A landing site in Gale, close to the foot of the mountain, has been selected for the mission.
PIA14306:
Attractions in Layers of Mountain Inside Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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One type of feature of scientific interest on the mountain inside Gale crater is exposure of cemented fractures, evidence that groundwater once reached to at least that height of the mountain. This image is from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA14307:
Cemented Fractures in Mountain Inside Gale Crater on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-25 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CHIMRA
Mastcam
SAM
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.
PIA16766:
Check-up Image After Delivering Martian Rock Powder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Color coding in this image of Gale Crater on Mars represents differences in elevation. The vertical difference from a low point inside the landing ellipse for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (yellow dot) to a high point on the mountain inside the crater.
PIA15093:
Topography of Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
PIA15095:
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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Gale Crater, where the rover Curiosity of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will land in August 2012, contains a mountain rising from the crater floor.
PIA15101:
Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
CTX
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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This artist's impression Mars' Gale Crater depicts a cross section through the mountain in the middle of the crater, from a viewpoint looking toward the southeast. NASA's rover Curiosity will land in Gale Crater in August 2012.
PIA15102:
Cross Section of Gale Crater, Mars (Artist's Concept)
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As of June 2012, the target landing area for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is the ellipse marked on this image of Gale Crater. The ellipse is about 12 miles long and 4 miles wide (20 kilometers by 7 kilometers).
PIA15687:
Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
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The site for NASA's Curiosity rover is near the northern flank of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater on Mars. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15688:
Landing Target for Mars Rover Curiosity, in Stereo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover is slated to land on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The red oval indicates the targeted landing area for the rover known as the 'landing ellipse.'
PIA15956:
Topographic Map of Curiosity Landing Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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This is a close-up view of the northern two-thirds of one of the quadrangles (number 50) that were mapped onto the landing region of NASA's Curiosity rover; background image obtained by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
PIA15957:
Close-up of Curiosity's Landing Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MOLA
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Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is set to land, belongs to a family of large, very old craters shown here on this elevation map. The data come from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
PIA15958:
Gale Crater is Low on Mars
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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 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 2, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity.
PIA15962:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 2, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-04 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Oct. 28, 2008, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15963:
Mars Weather Map, 2008
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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA15968:
Mars Weather Map, Aug. 4, 2012
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This is one of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). The clear dust cover that protected the camera during landing has been sprung open.
PIA15973:
Curiosity's Surroundings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-06 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
HiRISE
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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The green diamond shows approximately where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a region about 2 kilometers northeast of its target in the center of the estimated landing region (blue ellipse).
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Where Curiosity Landed on Mars
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box.
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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Curiosity and its parachute are in the small white box at center.
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Curiosity Flying Over Mars
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NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface. The HiRISE camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.
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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter
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This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, informally called Mount Sharp. The rover's shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes.
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Behold Mount Sharp!
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This is the full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). The image has also been cropped.
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Looking Back at the Crater Rim
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shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.
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Curiosity's Heat Shield in View
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover revealing surface features including relatively dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features including small escarpments.
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Martian Surface Below Curiosity
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.
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Curiosity Kicking up Dust
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover and is representative of the images acquired once the Curiosity rover was resting on the surface of Mars after touchdown.
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Curiosity Color Close-Up upon Landing
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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover illustrating the first appearance of the left front wheel of the Curiosity rover after deployment of the suspension system as the vehicle was about to touch down on Mars.
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Curiosity's Wheel During Descent
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Late last night, in the morning hours of Aug. 6, as NASA's Curiosity rover fell to the surface of Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured an image of the rover gliding on its parachute.
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Curiosity Sails to Mars as Heat Shield Falls Away
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MARDI
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This image shows the location (green) where scientists estimate NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars within Gale Crater, based on images from the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI).
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Narrowing in on Curiosity's Landing Site
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MAHLI
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This view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the afternoon of the first day of landing. In the distance, the image shows the north wall and rim of Gale Crater.
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First Color Landscape Image of Mars from Curiosity
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Mars Descent Imager
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This imagery is being released in association with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. This is a temporary caption to be replaced as soon as more information is available.
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Nailing Down Curiosity's Landing Site
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This close-up view shows Curiosity's heat shield, which helped the rover survive the harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, on the surface of Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after landing.
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Final Resting Spot for Curiosity's Heat Shield
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This close-up view shows the rover Curiosity's parachute and back shell strewn across the surface of Mars. The image was captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the parachute helped guide the rover to the surface.
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Evidence of a Job Well Done
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This close-up view captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows darkened radial jets caused by the impact of Curiosity's sky crane, which helped deliver the rover to the surface of Mars.
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Signs of the Sky Crane's Impact
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This close-up view shows NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. The image was captured by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter about 24 hours after the rover made its grand appearance on Mars.
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Curiosity Spotted!
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The four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA's Curiosity rover were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) which captured this image about 24 hours after landing.
PIA16001:
Scene of a Martian Landing
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MAHLI
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This picture from NASA's Curiosity rover puts a color view obtained by the rover in the context of a computer simulation derived from images acquired from orbiting spacecraft. The view looks north, showing the distant ridge of Gale Crater.
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Curiosity's Landscape Portrait in Context
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This image comparison shows a view through a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover before and after the clear dust cover was removed. Both images were taken by a camera at the front of the rover. Mount Sharp, looms ahead.
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Clear Views on Mars
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This full-resolution image shows one of the first views from NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early morning hours Aug. 6 EDT).
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Curiosity's Early Views of Mars
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This is the first image taken by the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. It shows the shadow of the rover's now-upright mast in the center, and the arm's shadow at left. The arm itself can be seen in the foreground.
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Curiosity Looks Away from the Sun
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This is the first 360-degree panoramic view from NASA's Curiosity rover, taken with the Navigation cameras. Mount Sharp is to the right, and the north Gale Crater rim can be seen at center. The rover's body is in the foreground.
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Curiosity Takes It All In
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This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.
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Rover's Self Portrait
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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's 'head' or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
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Curiosity's New Home
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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up Animation Icon
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows)
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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up (with arrows) Animation Icon
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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.
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Curiosity's First Radiation Measurements on Mars
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This is a close-up view of the zones where the soil at Curiosity's landing site was blown away by the thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The excavation of the soil reveals probable bedrock outcrop.
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Rocket Thrusters Expose Bedrock
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MARDI
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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter obtained this color image with the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface. Curiosity landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).
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A Better Look of the Martian Surface Animation Icon
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This image shows the quadrangle where NASA's Curiosity rover landed, within the expansive Gale Crater. The mission's science team has divided the landing region into several square quadrangles, or quads, of interest about 1-mile (1.3-kilometers) wide.
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Curiosity's Quad
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The geological context for the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover is visible in this image mosaic obtained by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Staking out Curiosity's Landing Site
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MARCI
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This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 5, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA's MRO. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA's Curiosity rover.
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Mars Weather Map, Aug. 5
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This portion of an image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been annotated to show the relative positions between NASA's Curiosity rover (right) and the impact site of its sky crane, or descent stage.
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Inspecting Curiosity's Descent Stage Crash Site
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The red 'X' marks the spot where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. This is well within the targeted landing region, called the landing 

ellipse, marked by the light blue line.
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Zeroing in on Rover's Landing Site
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