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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: 111169

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: 252151

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: 22895

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: 4353

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: 11962

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: 27781

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: 35025

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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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.

Check-up Image After Delivering Martian Rock Powder

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: CHIMRA, Mastcam, Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 1600 x 1200
ID#: PIA16766
Added: 2013-02-25

Views: 3542

Check-up Image After Delivering Martian Rock Powder

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.

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A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.
A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.

Before-and-After Blink of Curiosity 'Mini Drill' into Mars Rock

A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA16762
Added: 2013-02-07

Views: 3540

Before-and-After Blink of Curiosity 'Mini Drill' into Mars Rock

A blink pair of images taken before and after NASA's Curiosity performed a 'mini drill' test on a Martian rock shows changes resulting from that activity.

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This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.
This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.

Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen

This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument:
Size: 1280 x 720
ID#: PIA16106
Added: 2012-08-27

Views: 3537

Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen

This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odyssey and MRO, and European Space Agency's Mars Express.

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Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.
Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.

Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory

Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Size: 3864 x 5538
ID#: PIA13360
Added: 2010-09-02

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Cruise Stage Testing for Mars Science Laboratory

Testing of the cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in August 2010 included a session in a facility that simulates the environment found in interplanetary space. Spacecraft technicians at JPL prepare a space-simulation test.

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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: 3531

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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This stereo anaglyph shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
This stereo anaglyph shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.

Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3-D

This stereo anaglyph shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.

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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: 398 x 408
ID#: PIA16208
Added: 2012-10-10

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Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3-D

This stereo anaglyph shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.

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This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

Internal Chambers of CHIMRA

This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: CHIMRA
Size: 1438 x 933
ID#: PIA16207
Added: 2012-10-04

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Internal Chambers of CHIMRA

This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The base map combines image data from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and color information from Viking Orbiter imagery.
This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The base map combines image data from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and color information from Viking Orbiter imagery.

Possible Extent of Ancient Lake in Gale Crater, Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The base map combines image data from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and color information from Viking Orbiter imagery.

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Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Context Camera (CTX)
Size: 3300 x 2550
ID#: PIA17596
Added: 2013-12-09

Views: 3503

Possible Extent of Ancient Lake in Gale Crater, Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The base map combines image data from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and color information from Viking Orbiter imagery.

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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.

Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover

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: 3444 x 2896
ID#: PIA13397
Added: 2010-09-21

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Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover

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 image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens.
This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens.

Making Tracks on Mars

This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA16095
Added: 2012-08-22

Views: 3500

Making Tracks on Mars

This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. This image was taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera, which has a fisheye lens.

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This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station
This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station

Mountain Winds at Gale Crater

This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS)
Size: 2004 x 1250
ID#: PIA16475
Added: 2012-11-15

Views: 3491

Mountain Winds at Gale Crater

This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Modeling the winds gives scientists a context for the data from Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station

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This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.
This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.

Curiosity Kicking up Dust

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument:
Size: 717 x 546
ID#: PIA15990
Added: 2012-08-06

Views: 3466

Curiosity Kicking up Dust

This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover. A dust cloud was generated when the Curiosity rover was being lowered to the surface while the sky crane hovered above.

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In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.
In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.

Installing SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover

In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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Instrument: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 720 x 522
ID#: PIA13792
Added: 2011-01-18

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Installing SAM Instrument into Curiosity Mars Rover

In this photograph, technicians and engineers inside a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., position NASA's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) above the mission's Mars rover, Curiosity, for installing the instrument.

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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents

Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 2350 x 1026
ID#: PIA19081
Added: 2014-12-08

Views: 3445

Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents

Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image is from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.
Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.

Naming the Scour Marks

Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
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Size: 2000 x 720
ID#: PIA16066
Added: 2012-08-17

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Naming the Scour Marks

Scientists have now named the four marks near NASA's Curiosity rover where blasts from the descent stage rocket engines blew away some of the Martian surface material. Clockwise from the most north: Burnside, Goulburn, Hepburn and Sleepy Dragon.

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The rover used its Navigation Camera after the drive to record the images combined into this 3-D panoramic view.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The rover used its Navigation Camera after the drive to record the images combined into this 3-D panoramic view.

Curiosity's Eastward View After Sol 100 Drive, Stereo

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The rover used its Navigation Camera after the drive to record the images combined into this 3-D panoramic view.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Navigation Camera MSL
Size: 3893 x 1162
ID#: PIA16449
Added: 2012-11-20

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Curiosity's Eastward View After Sol 100 Drive, Stereo

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) during the 100th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Nov. 16, 2012). The rover used its Navigation Camera after the drive to record the images combined into this 3-D panoramic view.

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This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.
This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.

Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012

This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument:
Size: 1279 x 719
ID#: PIA16006
Added: 2012-08-07

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Curiosity Pre-Launch Mast Test - August 07, 2012

This frame from a video shows the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover deploying in a pre-launch test.

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An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.
An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.

Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off

An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument:
Size: 4256 x 2832
ID#: PIA16100
Added: 2012-08-27

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Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off

An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., in 2010.

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On Nov. 22, 2012, or sol 106, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was near a location called 'Point Lake' for an overlook of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' which is in the left third of this scene, in the middle distance.
On Nov. 22, 2012, or sol 106, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was near a location called 'Point Lake' for an overlook of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' which is in the left third of this scene, in the middle distance.

Panoramic View From Near 'Point Lake' in Gale Crater, Sol 106

On Nov. 22, 2012, or sol 106, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was near a location called 'Point Lake' for an overlook of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' which is in the left third of this scene, in the middle distance.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 15338 x 3300
ID#: PIA16563
Added: 2013-01-02

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Panoramic View From Near 'Point Lake' in Gale Crater, Sol 106

On Nov. 22, 2012, or sol 106, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was near a location called 'Point Lake' for an overlook of a shallow depression called 'Yellowknife Bay' which is in the left third of this scene, in the middle distance.

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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.
This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.

Detector for CheMin

This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam)
Size: 617 x 500
ID#: PIA16171
Added: 2012-10-30

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Detector for CheMin

This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the CheMin instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon.

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The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.
The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.

Filters for Color Imaging and for Science

The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1150 x 863
ID#: PIA16799
Added: 2013-03-18

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Filters for Color Imaging and for Science

The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mastcam instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.

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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover will use a calibration target attached to a shoulder joint of the arm.
The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover will use a calibration target attached to a shoulder joint of the arm.

Calibration Target on Curiosity for Camera on Rover's Arm

The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover will use a calibration target attached to a shoulder joint of the arm.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
Size: 4597 x 2391
ID#: PIA15289
Added: 2012-02-07

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Calibration Target on Curiosity for Camera on Rover's Arm

The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover will use a calibration target attached to a shoulder joint of the arm.

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This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.
This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.

Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars

This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Radiation Assessment Detector
Size: 890 x 719
ID#: PIA15955
Added: 2012-08-02

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Radiation Levels on the Way to Mars

This graphic shows the flux of radiation detected by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars; the spikes in radiation levels occurred because of large solar energetic particle events caused by giant flares on the sun.

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This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.
This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.

Different Tools for Different Purposes on Mars

This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.

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Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Phoenix
Spacecraft: Curiosity, Opportunity, Phoenix Lander
Instrument: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), Panoramic Camera
Size: 1585 x 598
ID#: PIA16731
Added: 2013-02-20

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Different Tools for Different Purposes on Mars

This set of images from Mars shows the handiwork of different tools on three NASA missions to the surface of Mars.

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This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows roughly spherical features.
This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows roughly spherical features.

Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay'

This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows roughly spherical features.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1501 x 844
ID#: PIA16706
Added: 2013-01-15

Views: 3381

Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay'

This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows roughly spherical features.

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