Curiosity Rover's Traverse, First 1,163 Sols on Mars
This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to its location in mid-November 2015, approaching examples of dunes in the 'Bagnold Dunes' dune field.
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.
This view from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a combination of dark and light material within a mineral vein at a site called 'Garden City' on lower Mount Sharp.
Injection of Light Material into an Older Dark Vein
Light material emplaced within darker vein material is seen in this view of a mineral vein at the 'Garden City' site on lower Mount Sharp, Mars. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover took the image on April 4, 2015.
These images and overlay bar charts at 'Garden City' from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover indicate where some high-potassium material is localized within mineral veins.
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.
A view from the 'Kimberly' formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.
Vista from Curiosity Shows Crossbedded Martian Sandstone
Large-scale crossbedding in the sandstone of this ridge on a lower slope of Mars' Mount Sharp is typical of windblown sand dunes that have petrified. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to capture this vista on Aug. 27, 2015.
Test Rover at JPL During Preparation for Mars Rover's Low-Angle Selfie
This view of a test rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, results from advance testing of arm positions and camera pointings for taking a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Curiosity Finds Hydrogen-Rich Area of Mars Subsurface
Curiosity's Russian-made instrument for checking hydration levels in the ground beneath the rover detected an unusually high amount at a site near 'Marias Pass,' prompting repeated passes over the area to map the hydrogen amounts.
Curiosity Low-Angle Self-Portrait at 'Buckskin' Drilling Site on Mount Sharp
This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle above the 'Buckskin' rock target, where the mission collected its seventh drilled sample. The site is in the 'Marias Pass' area of lower Mount Sharp.
Round-Horizon Version of Curiosity's Low-Angle Selfie at 'Buckskin'
This version of a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a drilling site called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp is presented as a stereographic projection, which shows the horizon as a circle.
Hole at 'Buckskin' Drilled Days Before Landing Anniversary
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover drilled this hole to collect sample material from a rock target called 'Buckskin' on July 30, 2015, during the 1060th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The diameter is slightly smaller than a U.S. dime.
A rock outcrop dubbed 'Missoula,' near Marias Pass on Mars, is seen in this image mosaic taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. Pale mudstone (bottom of outcrop) meets coarser sandstone (top) in this geological contact zone.