NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects Unusual Bedrock

The laser-firing instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has identified a rock target that is rich in silica, prompting further investigation with the rover.

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Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

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. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Solar System Missions

Cassini-Huygens to Saturn
Studying Saturn and its rings and moons.
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Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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The Epoxi mission recycles the already "in flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to investigate two distinct celestial targets of opportunity.
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The Juno spacecraft, currently making its way to Jupiter, will for the first time peer below Jupiter's dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system.
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Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring Mars since January 2004. Clues found in some rocks indicate liquid water once covered the ground.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This orbiter has the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL) spacecraft -- which includes the newest Red Planet rover, the car-sized Curiosity.
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Mars Odyssey
This orbiter studies Mars' surface composition and radiation environment and has instruments to detect water and shallow buried ice.
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Microwave Instrument on Rosetta Orbiter
This JPL instrument will study gases given off by a comet as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet. Rendezvous with the comet is scheduled for 2014.
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Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Series of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter New Website Gathering Public Input on NASA Mars Images

Mars researchers are soliciting volunteers to locate odd polar-area features on Mars that have names such as "Swiss cheese terrain" and "spiders."

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Artist's concept of Dawn flying over Ceres Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well.

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Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Tracks Sunspots

Curiosity is monitoring sunspots on the side of the sun facing away from Earth, during weeks when sun-monitoring spacecraft can't provide that information.

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A rock outcrop dubbed "Missoula," near Marias Pass on Mars, is seen in this image mosaic taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Curiosity rover.

Five Ways Mariner 4 Changed Mars Exploration Five Ways Mariner 4 Changed Mars Exploration

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Rover's-Eye View of Marathon on Mars Rover's-Eye View of Marathon on Mars

Road trip! This compilation of images from hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between January 2004.

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