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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: 108038

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

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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

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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

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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: 21792

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

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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: 11588

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: 25630

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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The 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.
The 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

The 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

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High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

The 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 taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.
This image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.

Concretions at 'Cumberland'

This image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1608 x 1200
ID#: PIA17066
Added: 2013-06-05

Views: 2462

Concretions at 'Cumberland'

This image taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the texture of the patch of flat-lying bedrock called 'Cumberland,' which was the mission's second target for use of the rover's sample-collecting drill.

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This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.
This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.

Detail in 'Point Lake' Outcrop

This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1584 x 1184
ID#: PIA17267
Added: 2013-06-25

Views: 2965

Detail in 'Point Lake' Outcrop

This image from NASA's rover Curiosity shows that many holes in the rock are occupied by what appears to be material different from that of the main rock itself.

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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.
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.

View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1984 x 1835
ID#: PIA17081
Added: 2013-07-23

Views: 3824

View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive

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.

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This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.
This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.

Pebbly Sandstone Conglomerate Rock at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'

This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 4216 x 4650
ID#: PIA17362
Added: 2013-09-23

Views: 2151

Pebbly Sandstone Conglomerate Rock at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'

This mosaic of nine images taken at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater, were taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and shows detailed texture in a conglomerate rock bearing small pebbles and sand-size particles.

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This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.
This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.

Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'

This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 4818 x 1577
ID#: PIA17361
Added: 2013-09-23

Views: 2117

Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's 'Waypoint 1'

This mosaic of four images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows detailed texture in a ridge that stands higher than surrounding rock. The rock is at a location called 'Darwin,' inside Gale Crater.

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This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.
This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.

Mars Hand Lens Imager Sends Ultra High-Res Photo from Mars

This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1607 x 1196
ID#: PIA17365
Added: 2013-10-17

Views: 2681

Mars Hand Lens Imager Sends Ultra High-Res Photo from Mars

This image of a U.S. penny on a calibration target was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. At 14 micrometers per pixel, this is the highest-resolution image that MAHLI can acquire.

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The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.
The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.

Left-Front Wheel of Curiosity Rover, Approaching Three Miles

The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1632 x 1200
ID#: PIA17751
Added: 2013-12-20

Views: 4251

Left-Front Wheel of Curiosity Rover, Approaching Three Miles

The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken by the MAHLI camera, which is mounted at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm.

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This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.
This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.

Martian Sandstone Target 'Windjana' Before and After Brushing

This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1588 x 1184
ID#: PIA18088
Added: 2014-04-29

Views: 1784

Martian Sandstone Target 'Windjana' Before and After Brushing

This image from an animation shows a patch of sandstone scrubbed with the Dust Removal Tool, a wire-bristle brush, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. This rock target is called 'Windjana,' after a gorge in Western Australia.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.

Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1593 x 1200
ID#: PIA18089
Added: 2014-04-30

Views: 20186

Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow 'mini drill' test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called 'Windjana.' The hole results from the test is 0.63 inch across and about 0.8 inch deep.

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This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.
This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.

Mars Rock 'Windjana' After Examination

This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1184 x 1272
ID#: PIA18092
Added: 2014-05-15

Views: 1849

Mars Rock 'Windjana' After Examination

This May 12, 2014, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the rock target 'Windjana' and its immediate surroundings after inspection of the site by the rover by drilling and other activities.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.

Nighttime Image of Laser Sharpshooting on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1181 x 1580
ID#: PIA18091
Added: 2014-05-15

Views: 3067

Nighttime Image of Laser Sharpshooting on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this nighttime view of a hole produced by the rover's drill and, inside the hole, a line of scars produced by the rover's rock-zapping laser.

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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.'
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.'

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site

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.'

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 7072 x 9424
ID#: PIA18390
Added: 2014-06-23

Views: 3749

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site

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.'

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.

First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 744 x 540
ID#: PIA18401
Added: 2014-07-16

Views: 2472

First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on its arm to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called 'Nova'.

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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

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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 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

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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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Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.
Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.

Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake

Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 2876 x 3014
ID#: PIA19077
Added: 2014-12-08

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Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake

Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called 'Mojave,' taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.

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This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

Test Close-Up of Earth Cobble by Mars Camera

This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1190 x 1580
ID#: PIA13584
Added: 2010-11-16

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Test Close-Up of Earth Cobble by Mars Camera

This close-up view of a stone found in San Diego was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera

This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft:
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1188 x 1566
ID#: PIA13583
Added: 2010-11-16

Views: 347

Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera

This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the 'life test unit' -- of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.
This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

Test Image of Earth Sand by Mars Camera

This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft:
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1600 x 1200
ID#: PIA13582
Added: 2010-11-16

Views: 356

Test Image of Earth Sand by Mars Camera

This view of grains from a sand dune near Christmas Lake, Ore., was taken by a testing twin of Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

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This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.
This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.

Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'

This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.

Target:
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1196 x 1607
ID#: PIA19105
Added: 2015-01-14

Views: 1361

Results from Curiosity's Mini-Drill Test at 'Mojave'

This Jan. 13, 2015, view from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows outcomes of a mini-drill test to assess whether the 'Mojave' rock is appropriate for full-depth drilling to collect a sample.

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Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.
Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.

Site of Curiosity's Second Bite of Mount Sharp

Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1184 x 1584
ID#: PIA19115
Added: 2015-02-05

Views: 1735

Site of Curiosity's Second Bite of Mount Sharp

Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called 'Mojave 2' are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this image from NASA's Curiosity rover.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.
This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 9015 x 4617
ID#: PIA19142
Added: 2015-02-24

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Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the 'Mojave' site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp.

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This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.
This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.

Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity

This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.

Target:
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1584 x 1184
ID#: PIA19140
Added: 2015-02-25

Views: 2044

Hole at 'Telegraph Peak' Drilled by Mars Rover Curiosity

This hole, with a diameter slightly smaller than a U.S. dime, was drilled by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover into a rock target called 'Telegraph Peak.' The rock is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The hole was drilled on Feb. 24, 2015.

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This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.
This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.

Night Close-up of Mineral Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars

This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 777 x 702
ID#: PIA19162
Added: 2015-04-01

Views: 1813

Night Close-up of Mineral Veins at 'Garden City,' Mars

This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is a close-up of a two-tone mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp. It was taken during night, illuminated by LEDs, on March 25, 2015.

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This view of a sandstone target called 'Big Arm' covers an area about 1.3 inches (33 millimeters) wide in detail that shows differing shapes and colors of sand grains in the stone.
This view of a sandstone target called 'Big Arm' covers an area about 1.3 inches (33 millimeters) wide in detail that shows differing shapes and colors of sand grains in the stone.

Diverse Grains in Mars Sandstone Target 'Big Arm'

This view of a sandstone target called 'Big Arm' covers an area about 1.3 inches (33 millimeters) wide in detail that shows differing shapes and colors of sand grains in the stone.

Target:
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1584 x 1184
ID#: PIA19677
Added: 2015-07-01

Views: 761

Diverse Grains in Mars Sandstone Target 'Big Arm'

This view of a sandstone target called 'Big Arm' covers an area about 1.3 inches (33 millimeters) wide in detail that shows differing shapes and colors of sand grains in the stone.

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