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This graphic maps locations of the first 14 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock or soil samples for analysis by laboratory instruments inside the vehicle.
This graphic maps locations of the first 14 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock or soil samples for analysis by laboratory instruments inside the vehicle.

Curiosity's First 14 Rock or Soil Sampling Sites on Mars

This image taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey of Ganges Chasma shows where a large portion of the canyon wall has given way and formed a landslide deposit.
This image taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey of Ganges Chasma shows where a large portion of the canyon wall has given way and formed a landslide deposit.

Ganges Chasma

This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey shows just one of many lava channels located on the Elysium Mons volcanic complex.
This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey shows just one of many lava channels located on the Elysium Mons volcanic complex.

Elysium Channels

This map shows the frequency of carbon dioxide frost's presence at sunrise on Mars, as a percentage of days year-round, based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
This map shows the frequency of carbon dioxide frost's presence at sunrise on Mars, as a percentage of days year-round, based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Where on Mars Does Carbon Dioxide Frost Form Often?

Located on the southern part of the Elysium Mons Volcanic region the channels in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey were likely formed by the flow of lava.
Located on the southern part of the Elysium Mons Volcanic region the channels in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey were likely formed by the flow of lava.

Volcanic Channels

The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of Gale Crater.
The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of Gale Crater.

Gale Crater - False Color

This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of the rim of an unnamed crater in Terra Sabaea.
This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of the rim of an unnamed crater in Terra Sabaea.

Dark Slope Streaks

The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of Peraea Cavus.
The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows part of Peraea Cavus.

Peraea Cavus - False Color

This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows a small portion of the boundary region between Terra Sabaea and Utopia Planitia.
This image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft shows a small portion of the boundary region between Terra Sabaea and Utopia Planitia.

Ridges

Researchers estimating the amount of carbon held in the ground at the largest known carbonate-containing deposit on Mars utilized data including physical properties from THEMIS (left) and mineral information from CRISM (right).
Researchers estimating the amount of carbon held in the ground at the largest known carbonate-containing deposit on Mars utilized data including physical properties from THEMIS (left) and mineral information from CRISM (right).

Multiple Instruments Used for Mars Carbon Estimate

The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft show part of the floor of an unnamed crater in Noachis Terra.
The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. This image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft show part of the floor of an unnamed crater in Noachis Terra.

Noachis Terra - False Color

Like the previous image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, this one shows one of the many unnamed channels on the northern margin of Arabia Terra.
Like the previous image from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, this one shows one of the many unnamed channels on the northern margin of Arabia Terra.

Arabia Terra Channels

The lava flows in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft are located of the eastern margin of the Tharsis Volcanic complex.
The lava flows in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft are located of the eastern margin of the Tharsis Volcanic complex.

Shadows

This pair of maps based on albedo information from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and topographical information from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter indicates locations of confirmed sites of recurrent slope linea on Mars.
This pair of maps based on albedo information from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and topographical information from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter indicates locations of confirmed sites of recurrent slope linea on Mars.

Maps of Recurrent Slope Linea Markings on Mars

This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.
This graphic shows the level of natural radiation detected by the Radiation Assessment Detector shielded inside NASA's Mars Science Laboratory on the trip from Earth to Mars from December 2011 to July 2012.

Radiation Measurements During Trip From Earth to Mars

From a position in the shallow 'Yellowknife Bay' depression, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its right Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the telephoto images combined into this panorama of geological diversity.
From a position in the shallow 'Yellowknife Bay' depression, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its right Mast Camera (Mastcam) to take the telephoto images combined into this panorama of geological diversity.

Setting the Scene for Curiosity's First Drilling

The unnamed crater is filled with a large amount of sand, the surface of which has been sculpted into dune forms. This type of crater fill is common at high latitude. This image is from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
The unnamed crater is filled with a large amount of sand, the surface of which has been sculpted into dune forms. This type of crater fill is common at high latitude. This image is from NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

Dunes

The soil at this location has a different texture than any that NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has seen earlier. The largest features on the ground in this image are a few inches or centimeters across.
The soil at this location has a different texture than any that NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has seen earlier. The largest features on the ground in this image are a few inches or centimeters across.

On Different Ground: Soil on Endeavour Rim

This ridge of material on the northern end of Gordii Dorsum is being reduced in size by the erosive effect of the wind in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey.
This ridge of material on the northern end of Gordii Dorsum is being reduced in size by the erosive effect of the wind in this image captured by NASA's Mars Odyssey.

Wind Erosion

Dark slope streaks are visible on the rim of this crater in Terra Sabaea in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey.
Dark slope streaks are visible on the rim of this crater in Terra Sabaea in this image captured by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey.

Dark Slope Streaks

Tikhonravov Crater is a large, old crater in Terra Sabaea. The crater is pockmarked by numerous younger craters and other features. This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey shows a channel within Tikhonravov Crater.
Tikhonravov Crater is a large, old crater in Terra Sabaea. The crater is pockmarked by numerous younger craters and other features. This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey shows a channel within Tikhonravov Crater.

Tikhonravov Crater

The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The mapped area is within Gale Crater, and north of Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater.
The total distance driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity passed the one-mile mark a few days before the first anniversary of the rover's landing on Mars. The mapped area is within Gale Crater, and north of Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater.

Full Curiosity Traverse Passes One-Mile Mark

Both polar caps on Mars are composed of many layers of ice and dust. This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey clearly shows the layering of the North polar cap.
Both polar caps on Mars are composed of many layers of ice and dust. This image from NASA's Mars Odyssey clearly shows the layering of the North polar cap.

Polar Layers

This image, taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, shows a portion of the rim and floor of Gale Crater. The crater rim is dissected by a channel, and dunes are located on the floor at the rim margin.
This image, taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, shows a portion of the rim and floor of Gale Crater. The crater rim is dissected by a channel, and dunes are located on the floor at the rim margin.

Gale Crater

This image taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey shows just one of the many channels located in the northern part of Terra Sabaea which is heavily fractured and channeled, breaking up into a chaotic terrain as the elevation drops down to the northern plains.
This image taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey shows just one of the many channels located in the northern part of Terra Sabaea which is heavily fractured and channeled, breaking up into a chaotic terrain as the elevation drops down to the northern plains.

Terra Sabaea

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