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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.
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.

Curiosity Making Headway West of 'Dingo Gap'

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Hazard Avoidance Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA17939
Added: 2014-02-11

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Curiosity Making Headway West of 'Dingo Gap'

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.

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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.
This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, Raw Color

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam, Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 17548 x 3022
ID#: PIA16919
Added: 2013-06-19

Views: 102790

Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rock Nest, Raw Color

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.
This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.

Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 3200 x 2000
ID#: PIA17936
Added: 2014-02-06

Views: 164600

Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth

This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth.

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This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).
This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).

Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock

This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Hazard Avoidance Camera (MSL)
Size: 1279 x 715
ID#: PIA17068
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 5974

Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock

This frame from an animation from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013).

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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.
The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.

Bluish Color in Broken Rock in 'Yellowknife Bay'

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1150 x 1107
ID#: PIA16804
Added: 2013-03-18

Views: 15049

Bluish Color in Broken Rock in 'Yellowknife Bay'

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called 'Sutton_Inlier,' which was broken by the rover driving over it.

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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The tool is a motorized, wire-bristle brush on the turret at the end of the rover's arm.
This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The tool is a motorized, wire-bristle brush on the turret at the end of the rover's arm.

First Use of Mars Rover Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The tool is a motorized, wire-bristle brush on the turret at the end of the rover's arm.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1602 x 1195
ID#: PIA16565
Added: 2013-01-07

Views: 19897

First Use of Mars Rover Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT). The tool is a motorized, wire-bristle brush on the turret at the end of the rover's arm.

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The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).
The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).

Curiosity Mars Rover's First Image of Earth and Earth's Moon

The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 78 x 168
ID#: PIA17935
Added: 2014-02-06

Views: 1876

Curiosity Mars Rover's First Image of Earth and Earth's Moon

The two bodies in this portion of an evening-sky view by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are Earth and Earth's moon. The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged them in the twilight sky of Curiosity's 529th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 31, 2014).

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NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.
NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.

First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop

NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: CHIMRA, Mastcam
Size: 768 x 768
ID#: PIA16729
Added: 2013-02-20

Views: 10319

First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop

NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop.

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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.
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.

Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route

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.

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Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 9074 x 2287
ID#: PIA17931
Added: 2014-02-03

Views: 21708

Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route

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.

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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.
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.

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 5463 x 7595
ID#: PIA16239
Added: 2012-11-01

Views: 31828

High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

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.

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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.
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.

Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1584 x 1184
ID#: PIA18610
Added: 2014-09-25

Views: 863

Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop

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.

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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.
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.

First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1569 x 1170
ID#: PIA18609
Added: 2014-09-25

Views: 1883

First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp

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.

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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.
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.

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 6886 x 2279
ID#: PIA18608
Added: 2014-09-25

Views: 1871

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.

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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 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.
This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'Pahrump Hills'

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 3300 x 2550
ID#: PIA18607
Added: 2014-09-25

Views: 612

Curiosity Mars Rover's Route from Landing to 'Pahrump Hills'

This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the 'Bradbury Landing' location where it landed in August 2012 to the 'Pahrump Hills' outcrop where it drilled into the lowest part of Mount Sharp.

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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.
This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.

Geological Transition

This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 3000 x 2400
ID#: PIA18785
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 533

Geological Transition

This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the transition between the 'Murray Formation,' in which layers are poorly expressed and difficult to trace from orbit, and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers.

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This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.
This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.

Bands on the 'Murray Formation'

This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 1927 x 1542
ID#: PIA18784
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 504

Bands on the 'Murray Formation'

This image, taken NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the 'Murray Formation' on Mars. Outcrops like this are common throughout the formation.

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This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.
This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.

'Murray Buttes' Mesa

This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 1927 x 1542
ID#: PIA18783
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 577

'Murray Buttes' Mesa

This image, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows a mesa within the 'Murray Buttes' area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.

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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.
This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.

Geologic Cross-Section

This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 4200 x 1759
ID#: PIA18782
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 469

Geologic Cross-Section

This cross-section graphic provides an interpretation of the geologic relationship between the 'Murray Formation,' the crater floor sediments, and the hematite ridge.

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This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.
This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.

Map of Lower Mount Sharp

This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 4173 x 3008
ID#: PIA18781
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 536

Map of Lower Mount Sharp

This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. The rocks of the 'Murray Formation,' mapped in green, likely represent the oldest layers of Mount Sharp that NASA's Curiosity rover will explore.

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This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'
This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'

Curiosity Rover Planned Route

This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'

Target:
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 4890 x 3912
ID#: PIA18780
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 521

Curiosity Rover Planned Route

This mosaic, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from 'Pahrump Hills' at the base of Mount Sharp, through the 'Murray Formation.'

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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.
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.

Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
Size: 1530 x 1032
ID#: PIA18479
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 480

Martian Rocks Rich in Silicon

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.

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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.
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.

Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1319 x 1187
ID#: PIA18478
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 1243

Loose Rock Leads to Incomplete Drilling

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.

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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.
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.

A Bonanza of Clues About Mars

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1315 x 1179
ID#: PIA18477
Added: 2014-09-11

Views: 1173

A Bonanza of Clues About Mars

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.

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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.
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.

Martian Layers Thicker on Top

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 2102 x 984
ID#: PIA18476
Added: 2014-09-11

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Martian Layers Thicker on Top

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.

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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.'
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.'

Curiosity's Next Steps

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.'

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 2550 x 3300
ID#: PIA18475
Added: 2014-09-11

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Curiosity's Next Steps

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.'

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This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'
This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'

Slopes of Mount Sharp

This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
Size: 3300 x 2550
ID#: PIA18474
Added: 2014-09-11

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Slopes of Mount Sharp

This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2014. The rover (marked with a star) is currently headed toward 'Pahrump Hills.'

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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.
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.

Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 6612 x 1241
ID#: PIA18473
Added: 2014-09-11

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Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward

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.

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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.
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.

Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Hazard Avoidance Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA18603
Added: 2014-08-22

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Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam

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.

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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.
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.

Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1344 x 1200
ID#: PIA18602
Added: 2014-08-18

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Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King' Target

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.

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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.
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.

Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1344 x 804
ID#: PIA18601
Added: 2014-08-15

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Drilling Candidate Site 'Bonanza King' on Mars

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.

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The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.
The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.

View Down 'Hidden Valley' Ramp at 'Bonanza King' on Mars

The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA18600
Added: 2014-08-15

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View Down 'Hidden Valley' Ramp at 'Bonanza King' on Mars

The pale rocks in the foreground of this Aug. 14, 2014, image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover include the 'Bonanza King' target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the rover.

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This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.
This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Down Northeastern Ramp into 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Target:
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA18599
Added: 2014-08-15

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Down Northeastern Ramp into 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks down the ramp at the northeastern end of 'Hidden Valley' and across the sandy-floored valley to lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon.

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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.
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.

Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 448
ID#: PIA18597
Added: 2014-08-15

Views: 909

Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars

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.

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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.
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.

Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

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.

Target:
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA18590
Added: 2014-08-05

Views: 7308

Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

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.

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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'
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'

Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'

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'

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Panoramic Camera
Size: 7696 x 1750
ID#: PIA18409
Added: 2014-08-01

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Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'

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'

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