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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: 106380

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: 21159

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: 2760

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: 11234

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: 24276

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

Views: 33474

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 view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp.
This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp.

Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'

This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1920 x 1080
ID#: PIA19083
Added: 2014-12-11

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Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'

This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp.

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The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.
The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.

Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View

The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam)
Size: 750 x 750
ID#: PIA16718
Added: 2013-02-04

Views: 2571

Drill Bit Tip on Mars Rover Curiosity, Side View

The shape of the tip of the bit in the drill of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is apparent in this view recorded by the remote micro-imager in the rover's ChemCam instrument on Mars. Jan. 29, 2012; the bit is about 0.6 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide.

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This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or
This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or

Flexing Curiosity's Arm

This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 1427 x 578
ID#: PIA16147
Added: 2012-09-06

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Flexing Curiosity's Arm

This engineering drawing shows the arm on NASA's Curiosity's rover in its 'ready-for-action' position, or "'ready out' as engineers say, in addition to the position it assumes to drop off samples.

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This diagram illustrates Mars' 'thermal tides,' a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.
This diagram illustrates Mars' 'thermal tides,' a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.

Thermal Tides at Mars

This diagram illustrates Mars' 'thermal tides,' a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 1286 x 994
ID#: PIA16478
Added: 2012-11-15

Views: 3017

Thermal Tides at Mars

This diagram illustrates Mars' 'thermal tides,' a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.

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This view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.
This view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.

Calibration Target for Curiosity's Arm Camera

This view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1991 x 1852
ID#: PIA16132
Added: 2012-09-09

Views: 6073

Calibration Target for Curiosity's Arm Camera

This view of the calibration target for the MAHLI camera aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines two images taken by that camera during Sept. 9, 2012. Part of Curiosity's left-front and center wheels and a patch of Martian ground are also visible.

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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

Curiosity on Tilt Table with Mast Up

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1440 x 869
ID#: PIA13807
Added: 2011-03-25

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Curiosity on Tilt Table with Mast Up

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has two rectangular 'eyes' near the top of the rover's remote sensing mast. This image shows Curiosity on a tilt table NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

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Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.
Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.

Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars

Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.

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Size: 1632 x 1224
ID#: PIA15683
Added: 2012-05-11

Views: 3250

Watching Test Drives in California for Rover Mission to Mars

Michael Malin, left, principal investigator for three science cameras on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, comments to a news reporter during tests with Curiosity's mobility-test stand-in, Scarecrow, on Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert.

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Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10 inches away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.
Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10 inches away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.

'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View

Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10 inches away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 1812 x 1958
ID#: PIA14762
Added: 2012-10-01

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'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View

Curiosity held its MAHLI camera about 10 inches away from the top of a rock called 'Bathurst Inlet' for a set of eight images combined into this merged-focus view of the rock.

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A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.
A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.

Testing Precision of Movement of Curiosity's Robotic Arm

A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.

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Size: 2551 x 1875
ID#: PIA15025
Added: 2012-02-22

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Testing Precision of Movement of Curiosity's Robotic Arm

A NASA Mars Science Laboratory test rover called the Vehicle System Test Bed, or VSTB, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA serves as the closest double for Curiosity in evaluations of the mission's hardware and software.

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In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.
In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.

Mars Science Laboratory Atop Its Atlas V

In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 2000 x 3000
ID#: PIA15031
Added: 2011-11-10

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Mars Science Laboratory Atop Its Atlas V

In the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41, the payload fairing containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft was attached to its Atlas V rocket on Nov. 3, 2011.

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This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.
This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.

Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)

This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 982 x 557
ID#: PIA15953
Added: 2012-08-02

Views: 4075

Earth and Martian Magnetic Fields (Artist Concept)

This is an artist's concept comparing the present day magnetic fields on Earth and Mars. Earth's magnetic field is generated by an active dynamo -- a hot core of molten metal.

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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.
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.

Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition

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.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 4657 x 1024
ID#: PIA19069
Added: 2014-12-08

Views: 1326

Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Martian Delta Deposition

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.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.

'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera (MSL)
Size: 3595 x 1737
ID#: PIA18083
Added: 2014-04-16

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'Mount Remarkable' and Surrounding Outcrops at Mars Rover's Waypoint

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Navigation Camera (Navcam) on April 11, 2014, to record this scene of a butte called 'Mount Remarkable' and surrounding outcrops at a waypoint called 'the Kimberley' inside Gale Crater.

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A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.
A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.

Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars

A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 960 x 720
ID#: PIA17602
Added: 2013-12-09

Views: 1682

Measuring the Age of a Rock on Mars

A rock in the Sheepbed mudstone deposit in the Yellowknife Bay area inside Gale Crater is the first rock on Mars ever to be dated by laboratory analysis of its ingredients.

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This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.
This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.

Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up

This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Context Camera (CTX)
Size: 758 x 511
ID#: PIA16016
Added: 2012-08-08

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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up

This still image from an animation shows the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars.

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This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.
This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.

3-D View from the Front of Curiosity

This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 1024 x 847
ID#: PIA16003
Added: 2012-08-07

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3-D View from the Front of Curiosity

This image is a 3-D view in front of NASA's Curiosity rover captured by the rover's front left Hazard-Avoidance camera. The image is cropped but part of Mount Sharp is still visible rising above the terrain.

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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.
At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.

Connecting Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell

At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 3648 x 2736
ID#: PIA14757
Added: 2011-10-05

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Connecting Curiosity's Heat Shield and Back Shell

At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the 'back shell powered descent vehicle' configuration, containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is being placed on the spacecraft's heat shield.

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The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.
The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.

Curiosity's First Arm Extension, Full Resolution

The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navcam (MSL)
Size: 2089 x 2074
ID#: PIA16096
Added: 2012-08-22

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Curiosity's First Arm Extension, Full Resolution

The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). Curiosity extended its arm on Aug. 20, 2012.

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The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by NASA's Curiosity. This self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.
The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by NASA's Curiosity. This self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by NASA's Curiosity. This self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 6795 x 5234
ID#: PIA16763
Added: 2013-02-07

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Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called 'John Klein,' which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by NASA's Curiosity. This self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.

First X-ray View of Martian Soil

This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Chemistry & Mineralogy (CheMin)
Size: 582 x 600
ID#: PIA16217
Added: 2012-10-30

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First X-ray View of Martian Soil

This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the CheMin experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.

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The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.
The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.

Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser During Tests

The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.

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Size: 4386 x 2920
ID#: PIA13399
Added: 2010-09-21

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Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser During Tests

The ChemCam instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission uses a pulsed laser beam to vaporize a pinhead-size target, producing a flash of light from the ionized material (plasma) that can be analyzed to identify chemical elements in the target.

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This frame from an artist's animation depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.
This frame from an artist's animation depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.

Curiosity Speaks

This frame from an artist's animation depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 1276 x 716
ID#: PIA15967
Added: 2012-08-04

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Curiosity Speaks

This frame from an artist's animation depicts how NASA's Curiosity rover will communicate with Earth during landing. As the rover descends to Mars, it will send out basic radio-frequency tones that go directly to Earth.

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This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.
This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.

Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries

This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.

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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: 932 x 720
ID#: PIA16157
Added: 2012-09-27

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Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries

This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark what appears to be an ancient Martian streambed.

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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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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.

Curiosity's Progress on Route from 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.

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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: 3300 x 2550
ID#: PIA17355
Added: 2013-08-27

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Curiosity's Progress on Route from 'Glenelg' to Mount Sharp

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity left the 'Glenelg' area on July 4, 2013, on a 'rapid transit route' to the entry point for the mission's next major destination, the lower layers of Mount Sharp.

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