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Favorite Images From Mars Rover Curiosity

  • Rover Takes Self Portrait
  • High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
  • Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
  • Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
  • First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp
  • Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
  • Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes
  • Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site
  • Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
  • Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
  • Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
  • Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
  • Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
  • Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated)
  • Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced)
  • Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
  • Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
  • View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated)
  • Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated)
  • Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
  • View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
  • View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
  • Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced
  • Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
  • Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
  • Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye
  • Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
  • First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
  • Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling
  • Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated)
  • Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated)
  • 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated)
  • Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120
  • 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
  • Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
  • Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
  • Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
  • Link to a Watery Past
  • On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • Wheels and a Destination
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED)
  • Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
  • Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
  • Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
  • Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
  • Destination Mount Sharp
  • Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
  • Behold Mount Sharp!
  • Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
  • Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
  • Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
Rover Takes Self Portrait High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014 Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated) Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced) Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated) Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated) Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler' View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland' Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View) Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated) Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated) 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated) Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground Curiosity's Location During First Scooping Target: Jake Matijevic Rock Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest' Link to a Watery Past On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated) Wheels and a Destination Curiosity Leaves Its Mark Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED) Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp Destination Mount Sharp Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail Behold Mount Sharp! Destination Gale Crater in August 2012 Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

Mars Rover Curiosity: Press Release Images

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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) is a powerful set of three instruments onboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover that work together to investigate the chemistry of the Martian surface and atmosphere within Gale Crater.
SAM Instrument Suite, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
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This graphic offers comparisons between the amount of an organic chemical named chlorobenzene detected in the "Cumberland" rock sample and amounts of the same compound in samples from three other Martian surface targets analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Comparing 'Cumberland' With Other Curiosity Samples
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Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called "Cumberland."
Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
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This illustration portrays possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars.
Possible Methane Sources and Sinks
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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 Sample Analysis at Mars laboratory suite.
Methane Measurements by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover
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This graphic shows the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, one of the tools within the Sample Analysis at Mars laboratory on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, it measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on Curiosity Mars Rover
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called "Darwin" on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over.
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents (Labeled)
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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 was acquired by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Nov. 2, 2014.
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim. Evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found of ancient streams, deltas and lakes suggests the crater held a lake such as this more than three billion years ago.
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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This diagram illustrates how Mount Sharp in Gale Crater, Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is now driving, might have formed billions of years ago.
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars' Mount Sharp, where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed and is now driving. The images, taken on Earth, have been altered for the illustration of how sediments can accumulate in alternating dry periods and wet periods.
Sediment Accumulation in Dry and Wet Periods
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Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called "Mojave," taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.
Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken Nov. 2, 2014, at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' (Labeled)
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken Nov. 2, 2014, at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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This image shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover acquired this view on Oct. 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop (Labeled)
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This image shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover acquired this view on Oct. 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin, over lake deposits.
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time (Labeled)
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin, over lake deposits.
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests multiple episodes of delta growth building southward. It is from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Multiple Episodes of Delta Growth in Gale Crater (Labeled)
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests multiple episodes of delta growth building southward. It is from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Multiple Episodes of Delta Growth in Gale Crater
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior. Progressive build-out of the delta through time produces sediments inclined toward the lake body.
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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This April 4, 2014, image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene. The image shows sets of sandstone beds inclined to the south (left), indicating progressive build-out of sediment toward Mount Sharp.
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp (Labeled)
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