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Favorite Images From Mars Rover Curiosity

  • 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
  • High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
  • Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
  • Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
  • Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
  • 'Rocknest' From Sol 52 Location
  • Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
  • Link to a Watery Past
  • On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • Wheels and a Destination
  • Rover Takes Self Portrait
  • 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
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 High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground Curiosity's Location During First Scooping Target: Jake Matijevic Rock 'Rocknest' From Sol 52 Location Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest' Link to a Watery Past On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated) Wheels and a Destination Rover Takes Self Portrait 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 Rover Curiosity: Press Release Images

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
Accurate pointing by Curiosity
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover targeted the laser of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument with remarkable accuracy for assessing the composition of the wall of a drilled hole and tailings that resulted from the drilling.
Accurate pointing by Curiosity
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This diagram and the one at PIA16916 illustrate how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 2
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This diagram and the one at PIA16917 illustrate how the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover detects hydrogen in the ground beneath the rover.
Physics of How DAN on Curiosity Checks for Water, Part 1
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This graphic tracks the maximum relative humidity and the temperature at which that maximum occurred each Martian day, or sol, for about one-fourth of a Martian year, as measured by the Remote Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
Humidity in Gale Crater: Scant and Variable
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The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected dozens of whirlwinds, or vortex events, causing brief dips in atmospheric pressure, and sometimes other measurable effects.
Whirlwind Detection by Curiosity in Gale Crater
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This pair of graphs shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's record of temperatures (in degrees Celsius) measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Steady Temperatures at Mars' Gale Crater
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This graph shows about one-fourth of a Martian year's pattern atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars, as measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Seasonal Pressure Curve Peaks at Gale Crater
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This diagram shows how materials analyzed by ChemCam during the first 100 Martian days of the mission (Aug. 5, 2012, to Nov. 16, 2013) differed with regard to hydrogen content (horizontal axis) and alkali (vertical axis).
Curiosity's ChemCam Analyzes Rocks, Soils and Dust
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover fired its laser 50 times at its onboard graphite target during the 27th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Sept. 2, 2012).
Dust Detection by Curiosity's ChemCam
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This pair of images taken a few minutes apart show how laser firing by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity removes dust from the surface of a rock.
Curiosity's ChemCam Removes Dust
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This image shows the ratio of the argon isotope argon-36 to the heavier argon isotope argon-38, in various measurements.
Argon Isotopes Provide Robust Signature of Atmospheric Loss
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As the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover heats a sample, gases are released (or "evolved") from the sample and can be identified using SAM's quadrupole mass spectrometer.
Major Volatiles Released from the Fourth 'John Klein' Portion
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This illustration shows the instruments and subsystems of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite on the Curiosity Rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project.
The SAM suite
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded after other portions of the sample had been delivered to analytical instruments inside the rover.
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles (Raw Colors - Unannotated)
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded after other portions of the sample had been delivered to analytical instruments inside the rover.
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles (White Balanced - Unannotated)
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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded after other portions of the sample had been delivered to analytical instruments inside the rover.
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles
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This sequence of seven images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-caused changes in the parachute of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the chute lay on the Martian ground during months after its use in safe landing of the Curiosity rover.
Curiosity's Parachute Flapping in the Wind
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This view of Curiosity's left-front and left-center wheels and of marks made by wheels on the ground in the "Yellowknife Bay" area comes from one of six cameras used on Mars for the first time more than six months after the rover landed.
View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars
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The image, at lower left, is annotated to show where the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took measurement on a rock outcrop (Spot 39) and on loose soil (Spot 40) within the "Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars' Gale Crater.
Variation in Subsurface Water In 'Yellowknife Bay'
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This set of graphs shows variation in the amount and the depth of water detected beneath NASA's Mars rover Curiosity by use of the rover's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument at different points along the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
Variation in Water Content in Martian Subsurface Along Curiosity's Traverse
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detects even very small amounts of water in the ground beneath the rover, primarily water bound into the crystal structure of hydrated minerals.
Two Types of Modeling of Subsurface Water
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This chart graphs measurements made by the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity against the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
Variations of DAN measurements along Curiosity traverse
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
Drill Hole Image and Spectra Acquired by Mastcam
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