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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: 112314

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: 254526

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

Views: 16900

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: 23438

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: 4577

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: 12120

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: 28485

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: 35388

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 illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.
This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.

Volatiles on Mars

This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 720 x 649
ID#: PIA16463
Added: 2012-11-02

Views: 3664

Volatiles on Mars

This illustration based on results from Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars.

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The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this view of the lower stratigraphy at 'Yellowknife Bay' inside Gale Crater on Mars.
The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this view of the lower stratigraphy at 'Yellowknife Bay' inside Gale Crater on Mars.

'Yellowknife Bay' Veins and Concretions

The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this view of the lower stratigraphy at 'Yellowknife Bay' inside Gale Crater on Mars.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 4977 x 3714
ID#: PIA16569
Added: 2013-01-15

Views: 3663

'Yellowknife Bay' Veins and Concretions

The right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover provided this view of the lower stratigraphy at 'Yellowknife Bay' inside Gale Crater on Mars.

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This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.
This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.

Part of Curiosity's Outstretched Arm, Full-Resolution

This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA16086
Added: 2012-08-21

Views: 3657

Part of Curiosity's Outstretched Arm, Full-Resolution

This full-resolution image from NASA's Curiosity shows the elbow joint of the rover's extended robotic arm on Aug. 20, 2012. The Navigation Camera captured this view.

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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: 3653

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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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: 3643

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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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
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Size: 1280 x 720
ID#: PIA16106
Added: 2012-08-27

Views: 3636

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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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: 3636

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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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 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

Views: 3621

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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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: 3618

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 image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.
This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.

Location of DAN on Curiosity

This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument:
Size: 1395 x 1195
ID#: PIA16082
Added: 2012-08-21

Views: 3606

Location of DAN on Curiosity

This image of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the location of the two components of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. The neutron generator is mounted on the right hip and the detectors are on the opposite hip.

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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

Views: 3595

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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By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.

Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 845 x 616
ID#: PIA19086
Added: 2014-12-16

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Tunable Laser Spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) onboard NASA's Curiosity measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.

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This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars

This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 960 x 720
ID#: PIA17598
Added: 2013-12-09

Views: 3567

Clay Mineral Structure Similar to Clays Observed in Mudstone on Mars

This schematic shows the atomic structure of the smallest units that make up the layers and interlayer region of clay minerals. This structure is similar to the clay mineral in drilled rock powder collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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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 graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.
This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.

Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater

This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
Size: 960 x 621
ID#: PIA19087
Added: 2014-12-16

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Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater

This graphic shows tenfold spiking in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, as detected by a series of measurements made with the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in the rover's laboratory suite.

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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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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)
Spacecraft:
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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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
Instrument:
Size: 1024 x 1024
ID#: PIA16095
Added: 2012-08-22

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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 view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.
This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.

Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 5288 x 1703
ID#: PIA19928
Added: 2015-11-16

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Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a dark sand dune in the middle distance. Mount Sharp will be the first in-place study of an active sand dune anywhere other than Earth.

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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 801 x 400
ID#: PIA19801
Added: 2015-07-10

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Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation)

This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.

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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

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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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An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.
An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.

Secrets of 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.

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Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: Mastcam
Size: 2102 x 984
ID#: PIA19840
Added: 2015-10-08

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Secrets of 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

An image taken at the 'Hidden Valley' site, en-route to Mount Sharp, by NASA's Curiosity rover. A variety of mudstone strata in the area indicate a lakebed deposit, with river- and stream-related deposits nearby.

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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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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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