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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-06 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Aug. 9, 2018, showing its current location on Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge. The panorama includes skies darkened by a fading global dust storm and a rare view of the rover itself.
PIA22545:
Panorama of Vera Rubin Ridge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two images from the Mast Camera onboard NASA's Curiosity rover depict the change in the color of light illuminating the Martian surface since a dust storm engulfed Gale Crater. At left shows the 'Duluth' drill site on May 21, 2018; at right from June 17.
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Duluth After Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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These two views from NASA's Curiosity rover, acquired specifically to measure the amount of dust inside Gale Crater, show that dust has increased over three days from a major Martian dust storm.
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Curiosity's View of the June 2018 Dust Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The drill bit of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover over one of the sample inlets on the rover's deck. The inlets lead to Curiosity's onboard laboratories.
PIA22327:
Inlet Cover On the Curiosity Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A close-up image of a 2-inch-deep hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA's Curiosity rover. Curiosity drilled this hole in a target called 'Duluth' on May 20, 2018.
PIA22326:
Curiosity Successfully Drills "Duluth"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-23 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity rover successfully drilled a 2-inch-deep hole in a target called 'Duluth' on May 20, 2018. It was the first rock sample captured by the drill since October 2016.
PIA22325:
First Drilled Sample on Mars Since 2016
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp. The scene has been white-balanced so the colors of the rock materials resemble how they would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.
PIA22313:
Curiosity is Ready for Clay
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp. Highlighted is an area in white with clay-bearing rocks that scientists are eager to explore.
PIA22312:
Curiosity is Ready for Clay (Highlighted)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-28 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used a new drill method to produce a hole on Feb. 26, 2018, in a target named Lake Orcadie. The hole marks the first operation of the rover's drill since a motor problem began acting up more than a year ago.
PIA22224:
Curiosity Tests a New Drill Method on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Climbing 'Vera Rubin Ridge' provided NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this sweeping vista of the interior and rim of Gale Crater, including much of the rover's route during its first five-and-a-half years on Mars.
PIA22210:
Wide-Angle Panorama from Ridge in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A vantage point on 'Vera Rubin Ridge' provided NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this detailed look back over the area where it began its mission inside Gale Crater, plus more-distant features of the crater.
PIA22209:
Telephoto Vista from Ridge in Mars' Gale Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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On a part of 'Vera Rubin Ridge,' NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took this image of a rock surface that had been brushed with the rover's Dust Removal Tool.
PIA22067:
Curiosity Checks Under the Dust on a Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This false-color image shows how special filters of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover's Mastcam can help reveal certain minerals in target rocks. It is a composite of images taken Sept. 17, 2017.
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Science-Filters Study of Martian Rock Sees Hematite
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover illustrates how special filters are used to scout terrain ahead for variations in the local bedrock.
PIA22065:
Mastcam Special Filters Help Locate Variations Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this view of 'Vera Rubin Ridge' about two weeks before the rover started ascending this steep ridge on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21851:
Looking Up at Layers of 'Vera Rubin Ridge' on Sol 1790
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Researchers used the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to gain this detailed view of layers in 'Vera Rubin Ridge' from just below the ridge.
PIA21850:
Martian Ridge Looming Above Curiosity Prior to Ascent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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'Vera Rubin Ridge,' a favored destination for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover even before the rover landed in 2012, rises near the rover nearly five years later in this panorama from Curiosity's Mastcam.
PIA21849:
Curiosity View of 'Vera Rubin Ridge' From Below, Sol 1734
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A rippled linear dune of dark Martian sand, 'Nathan Bridges Dune,' dominates this full-circle panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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'Nathan Bridges Dune' on a Martian Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This dark mound, called 'Ireson Hill,' rises about 16 feet (5 meters) above redder layered outcrop material of the Murray formation on lower Mount Sharp, Mars, near a location where NASA's Curiosity rover examined a linear sand dune in February 2017.
PIA21718:
'Ireson Hill' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This panorama from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows details of 'Vera Rubin Ridge,' which stretches about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers), end-to-end, on the northwestern flank of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21717:
Wide 'Vera Rubin Ridge' Ahead of Curiosity Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This look ahead from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes four geological layers to be examined by the mission, and higher reaches of Mount Sharp beyond the planned study area.
PIA21716:
View Toward 'Vera Rubin Ridge' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover examined a mudstone outcrop area called 'Pahrump Hills' on lower Mount Sharp, in 2014 and 2015. Blue dots indicate where drilled samples of powdered rock were collected for analysis.
PIA21709:
Key Locations Studied at 'Pahrump Hills' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows two scales of ripples, plus other textures, in an area where the mission examined a linear-shaped dune in the Bagnold dune field on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA11242:
Textures Where Curiosity Rover Studied a Martian Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree mosaic from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks out over a portion of the Bagnold Dunes, which stretch for several miles.
PIA11241:
Panorama with Active Linear Dune in Gale Crater, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A grid of small polygons on the Martian rock surface near the right edge of this view may have originated as cracks in drying mud more than 3 billion years ago. Multiple images of this view were combined for this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21263:
Possible Signs of Ancient Drying in Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view of a Martian rock slab called 'Old Soaker,' which has a network of cracks that may have originated in drying mud, comes from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA21262:
Mars Rover's Mastcam View of Possible Mud Cracks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The foreground of this scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows purple-hued rocks near the rover's late-2016 location on lower Mount Sharp. Variations in color of the rocks hint at the diversity of their composition.
PIA21256:
Color Variations on Mount Sharp, Mars (White Balanced)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Examination of a calcium sulfate vein called 'Diyogha' by the Chemical and ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover found boron, sodium and chlorine.
PIA21252:
Boron, Sodium and Chlorine in Mineral Vein 'Diyogha,' Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-13 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This two-part illustration shows the context of the erosion-resistant, raised vein, called 'Catabola,' in an image from NASA's Curiosity's Mast Camera. The highest concentration of boron measured on Mars.
PIA21251:
Boron in Calcium Sulfate Vein at 'Catabola,' Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The top of the butte in this scene from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is known as 'M9a' in the 'Murray Buttes' area, where individual buttes and mesas were assigned numbers.
PIA20843:
Butte 'M9a' in 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This panorama combines sets of images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars' lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20842:
Cluster of Martian Mesas on Lower Mount Sharp, Sols 1438 and 1439
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The two prominent mesas in this view of Mars' 'Murray Buttes' region from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are about 260 feet (about 80 meters) apart. Upper Mount Sharp is the salmon-hued mound dominating the horizon between the scene's two prominent mesas.
PIA20841:
Martian Mesas in 'Murray Buttes' Area, Sol 1434
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-03 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama was acquired NASA's Curiosity Mars rover while the rover was in an area called 'Murray Buttes' on lower Mount Sharp, one of the most scenic landscapes yet visited by any Mars rover.
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Rover's Panorama Taken Amid 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a hillside outcrop with layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21045:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21044:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21043:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows sloping buttes and layered outcrops within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA21042:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-09 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rim of Gale Crater is visible in the distance, through the dusty haze, in this view of NASA's Curiosity rover of a sloping hillside on Mount Sharp.
PIA21041:
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rock in the foreground at right in this 3D scene is informally named 'Balombo.' The group of boulders is at a site called 'Bimbe.' NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows boulders composed of pebble-size and larger rock fragments.
PIA20836:
Breccia-Conglomerate Rocks on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars (Stereo)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-19 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called 'Murray Buttes' on lower Mount Sharp.
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Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-30 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Two sizes of wind-sculpted ripples are evident in this view from NASA's Curiosity of the top surface of 'Namib Dune' in the Bagnold Dune Field. The larger ripples are a type not seen on Earth nor previously recognized as a distinct type on Mars.
PIA20755:
Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This early-morning view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers a field of view of about 130 degrees of the inner wall of Gale Crater. The rover's location was on the 'Naukluft Plateau' of lower Mount Sharp.
PIA20333:
Northern Portion of Gale Crater Rim Viewed from 'Naukluft Plateau'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-27 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse inside Gale Crater.
PIA20332:
Full-Circle Vista from 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Patches of Martian sandstone visible in this view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have a knobbly texture due to nodules apparently more resistant to erosion than the host rock in which some are still embedded.
PIA20322:
Knobbly Textured Sandstone on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from NASA's Curiosity rover of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune' on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon. The site is part of the dark-sand 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-04 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Combining multiple images, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals fine details of the downwind face of 'Namib Dune.' Sand on this face of the dark dune has cascaded down a slope of about 26 to 28 degrees.
PIA20283:
Mastcam Telephoto of a Martian Dune's Downwind Face
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover covers an area in 'Bridger Basin' that includes the locations where the rover drilled a target called 'Big Sky' on the mission's Sol 1119 (Sept. 29, 2015).
PIA20270:
'Big Sky' and 'Greenhorn' Drilling Area on Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reveals details of a bedrock discoloration pattern at a site between 'Marias Pass' and 'Bridger Basin.' The discoloration is not associated with individual layers.
PIA20269:
Detail of Discoloration Pattern Seen by Curiosity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the 'Marias Pass' area where a lower and older geological unit of mudstone.
PIA20174:
'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A wheel track left by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover exposes underlying material in a shallow sand sheet in this view from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The site is close to a large sand dune of similarly dark sand grains.
PIA20169:
Rover Track in Sand Sheet Near Martian Sand Dune
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The rippled surface of the first Martian sand dune ever studied up close fills this view of 'High Dune' from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. This site is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' field along the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.
PIA20168:
'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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The dark band in the lower portion of this Martian scene is part of the 'Bagnold Dunes' dune field lining the northwestern edge of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.
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Glimpse of 'Bagnold Dunes' Edging Mount Sharp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-16 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.
PIA19928:
Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Prominent mineral veins at the 'Garden City' site examined by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vary in thickness and brightness, as seen in this image from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
PIA19922:
'Garden City' Vein Complex on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19921:
Veiny 'Garden City' Site and Surroundings on Mount Sharp, Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.
PIA19840:
Secrets of 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
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Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-02 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken in mid-September, 2015, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
PIA19912:
Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-11 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015.
PIA19818:
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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A southward-looking panorama combining images from both cameras of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows diverse geological textures on Mount Sharp.
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Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site where two different types of bedrock meet on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19676:
Geological Contact Zone Near 'Marias Pass' on Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This view southeastward from NASA's Curiosity's Mastcam shows terrain judged difficult for traversing between the rover and an outcrop in the middle distance where a pale rock unit meets a darker rock unit above it.
PIA19662:
Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
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This frame is from sequence of views NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
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Sunset Sequence in Mars' Gale Crater (Animation) Animation Icon
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater.
PIA19400:
Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
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This April 16, 2015, panorama from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a detailed view toward two areas, 'Mount Shields' and 'Logan Pass,' on lower Mount Sharp, chosen for close-up inspection in subsequent weeks.
PIA19398:
Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015
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A sweeping panorama combining 33 telephoto images into one Martian vista presents details of several types of terrain visible on Mount Sharp from a location along the route of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19397:
Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars
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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.
PIA19164:
Mars Weather-Station Tools on Rover's Mast
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This March 18, 2015, view from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a network of two-tone mineral veins at an area called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp.
PIA19161:
Prominent Veins at 'Garden City' on Mount Sharp, Mars
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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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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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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
PIA19081:
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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This view from the NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken at a target called 'Whale Rock' within the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA19076:
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. This type of rock can form under a lake.
PIA19075:
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
PIA19074:
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp.
PIA19072:
Sol 696 (July 22, 2014), Left
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene.
PIA19070:
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp
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On March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. Multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments.
PIA19069:
Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now.
PIA19068:
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley'
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This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called 'Alexander Hills,' which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets. It is a mosaic of six frames taken on Nov. 23, 2014.
PIA19066:
Within Rover's Reach at Mars Target Area 'Alexander Hills'
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A wheel track cuts through a windblown ripple of dusty sand in this Nov. 7, 2014, image from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity rover. The view spans about four feet across.
PIA18882:
Ripple's Interior Exposed by Rover Wheel Track
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This patch of Martian bedrock, about 2 feet (70 centimeters) across, is finely layered rock with some pea-size inclusions. It lies near the lowest point of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop, which forms part of the basal layer of Mount Sharp.
PIA18881:
Fine-Grained, Finely Layered Rock at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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This small ridge, about 3 feet long, appears to resist wind erosion more than the flatter plates around it. Such differences are among the traits NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining at selected rock targets at the base of Mount Sharp.
PIA18880:
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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This image from an animiation of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring were taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the comet passed near the red planet on Oct. 19, 2014.
PIA19043:
Mars Curiosity Rover Views Comet Siding Spring Animation Icon
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This view shows the path and some key places in a survey of the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in autumn of 2014. The outcrop is at the base of Mount Sharp within Gale Crater.
PIA19039:
Mars Rover Curiosity's Walkabout at 'Pahrump Hills'
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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.
PIA19037:
'Confidence Hills' Drill Powder in Scoop
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This image shows the first holes drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at Mount Sharp. The loose material near the drill holes is drill tailings and an accumulation of dust that slid down the rock during drilling.
PIA19036:
'Confidence Hills' -- The First Mount Sharp Drilling Site
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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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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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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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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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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the 'Amargosa Valley,' on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is headed toward the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop.
PIA18473:
Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
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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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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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This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
PIA18387:
Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has driven within robotic-arm's reach of the sandstone slab at the center of this view.
PIA18087:
Sandstone Target 'Windjana' May Be Next Martian Drilling Site
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Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this Martian scene recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called 'the Kimberley.'
PIA17959:
Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
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This look back at a dune that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove across was taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) during the 538th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 9, 2014).
PIA17944:
Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
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This view combines several frames taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, looking into a valley to the west from the eastern side of a dune at the eastern end of the valley.
PIA17931:
Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route
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This view of a Martian rock target called /Harrison' merges images from two cameras onboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to provide both color and microscopic detail. The elongated crystals are likely feldspars, and the matrix is pyroxene-dominated.
PIA17768:
Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, Curiosity, has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth.
PIA17766:
Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
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