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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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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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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'
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting color and patterns in this unnamed rock imaged during the 27th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Sept. 2, 2012).
Bluish-Black Rock with White 'Crystals' on Mars
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the inset of the calibration target for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the inset of the calibration target for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how the calibration target aids researchers in adjusting images to estimate "natural" color, or approximately what the colors would look like if we were to view the scene ourselves on Mars, using the known colors of materials on the target.
Using Curiosity's Mast Camera to View Scene in 'Natural' Color
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These three versions of the same image taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate different choices that scientists can make in presenting the colors recorded by the camera.
'Raw,' 'Natural' and 'White-Balanced' Views of Martian Terrain
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This set of images illustrates the twin cameras of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover (upper left), the Mastcam calibration target (lower center), and the locations of the cameras and target on the rover.
Mast Camera and Its Calibration Target on Curiosity Rover
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This close-up view of "Tintina" was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Sol 160 (Jan. 17, 2013) and shows interesting linear textures in the bright white material on the rock.
Close-up View of Broken Mars Rock 'Tintina'
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On this image of the broken rock called "Tintina," color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for broken rock 'Tintina'
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This raw image of "Tintina," a broken rock fragment in a rover wheel track, was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
Rock "Tintina" Exposes "Yellowknife Bay" Vein Material
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On this image of the rock target "Knorr," color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for 'Knorr' Rock Target
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At different locations on the surface of the same rock, scientists can use the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to measure the amount of reflected light at a series of different wavelengths.
Indication of Hydration in Veins and Nodules of 'Knorr' in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Light-toned nodules and veins are visible in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity of a patch of sedimentary rock called "Knorr."
Veins and Nodules at 'Knorr' Target in 'Yellowknife Bay' of Gale Crater
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Researchers have used the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) instrument on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to determine elemental compositions of rock surfaces at several targets in the "Yellowknife Bay" area of Gale Crater.
Elemental Compositions of 'Yellowknife Bay' Rocks
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The gray area in the center of this image is where the Dust Removal Tool on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity brushed a rock target called "Wernecke."
Target 'Wernecke' After Brushing by Curiosity
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The location of a rock target called "Knorr" is indicated on this self-portrait of the Curiosity rover in the "Yellowknife Bay" area.
Rock Target 'Knorr' Near Curiosity in Rover's Self-Portrait
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color as recorded by the camera.
Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors
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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting.
Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
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NASA's Curiosity rover has detected the simple carbon-containing compounds chloro- and dichloromethane from the powdered rock sample extracted from the "John Klein" rock on Mars.
Chlorinated Forms of Methane at "John Klein" Site
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An analysis of a drilled rock sample from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the presence of water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide released on heating. The results analyzing the high temperature water release are consistent with smectite clay minerals.
Major Gases Released from Drilled Samples of the "John Klein" Rock
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This set of images shows the results from the rock abrasion tool from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (left) and the drill from NASA's Curiosity rover (right).
Studying Habitability in Ancient Martian Environments
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This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars.
Two Different Aqueous Environments
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This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT) and the location where Curiosity collected its first drilled sample at the "John Klein" rock.
Location of John Klein Drill Site
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This set of images shows a modern terrestrial analog to the "Yellowknife Bay" area that NASA's Curiosity rover is exploring.
An Earth Analog to Mars' Yellowknife Bay
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This side-by-side comparison shows the X-ray diffraction patterns of two different samples collected from the Martian surface by NASA's Curiosity rover.
Minerals at 'Rocknest' and 'John Klein' (Unannotated)
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