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This image shows an artist concept of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.
Artist Concept of NASA's MAVEN Orbiter
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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is quickly approaching Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere.
Artist's Concept of NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Approaching Mars
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This image shows the planned route (in yellow) of NASA's Curiosity rover from "Pahrump Hills" at the base of Mount Sharp, through the "Murray Formation," and south to the hematite ridge further up the flank of Mount Sharp. The rover's location is near Pahrump Hills noted with a green star on the top right of the image.
Curiosity Rover Planned Route
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This color image shows the transition between the "Murray Formation," and the hematite ridge, which is made up of continuous layers that can be traced laterally for hundreds of meters. Between both areas is a dark band of material, which are the dunes that divide Murray Ridge and Hematite Ridge.
Geological Transition
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This image shows distinct bands of alternating tone and brightness within the "Murray Formation" on Mars. A black arrow points to those bands, which cut across diagonally in this image.
Bands on the 'Murray Formation'
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This image shows a mesa (grayish) within the "Murray Buttes" area on Mars showing a complex fracture pattern (black arrow) protruding from the eroding rock.
'Murray Buttes' Mesa
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This is a map of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, showing the major geologic units identified from orbit. In blue are dunes, crater floor is in gray, Hematite is in orange and the Murray formation is in green.
Geologic Layers of Mount Sharp
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This graphic shows the geologic cross-section through lower Mount Sharp on Mars. The crater floor is in gray. The Murray Formation in green and the Hematite Ridge is in orange.
Geology Layers of Mount Sharp
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This graph plots several Mars rocks on a chart. Particularly, Wildrose and Bonanaza King in orange which on the graph have high amounts of silicon in comparison to some other Mars rocks shown in other colors.
Silicon in Rocks Wildrose and Bonanza King
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This image shows Bonanza King rock with a brown surface and in the middle is a partly drilled spot shown in lighter blue.
Partially Drilled Bonanza King Rock
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This image of Bonanza King rock, which is brown and has a lighter-blueish area in the middle where the Curiosity tapped the rock.
Bonanza King Rock
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This image shows a base map of Mount Sharp with the transition between the "Murray Formation," with the rover's old path marked in white and the new path marked in yellow.
Geological Transition
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This portion of a color mosaic taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows strata exposed along the margins of the valleys in the "Pahrump Hills" region on Mars.
Martian Layers Thicker on Top
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This topography map shows a portion of the Gale Crater region on Mars, where NASA's Mars Curiosity rover landed on August 6, 2012.
Slopes of Mount Sharp
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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the "Amargosa Valley," on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars.
Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the "Amargosa Valley," on the slopes leading up to Mount Sharp on Mars.
Curiosity View from the Base of Mount Sharp
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This stereo scene recorded by the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Aug. 15, 2014, looks back toward part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater marked with the rover's wheel tracks. It appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses with the red lens on the left.
Rover Tracks Along Crater's West Rim, Stereo View
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This Aug. 15, 2014, scene from the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks back toward part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater that the rover drove along, heading southward, during the summer of 2014. This version is in false color, making the rover's wheel tracks more apparent.
Rover Tracks Along Crater's West Rim, False Color
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This scene from the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looks back toward part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater that the rover drove along, heading southward, during the summer of 2014. It combines exposures taken on Aug. 15, 2014, and is presented in approximate true color.
Mars Rover Tracks in View Along West Rim of Endeavour
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This image is the artist's concept of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1)
Artist's concept of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring.
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A graphic showing the orbits of Mars (shown in red) and MAVEN's arrival, along with Earth and the Sun.
MAVEN Nears Mars
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured this scene looking farther southward just after completing a southward drive, in reverse, during the 3,749th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Aug. 10, 2014).
Opportunity's Rear-Facing View Ahead After a Drive
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This image from the front Hazcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rover's drill in place during a test of whether the rock beneath it, 'Bonanza King,' would be an acceptable target for drilling to collect a sample.
Candidate Drilling Target on Mars Doesn't Pass Exam
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This Mars rock may look like a femur thigh bone, but its shape is likely sculpted by erosion, either wind or water.
Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its Dust Removal Tool to brush aside reddish dust, revealing gray, less-oxidized rock material at a target called "Bonanza King," visible in this Aug. 17, 2014, image from the rover's Mastcam. The rover team is evaluating this rock as a possible drilling target.
Curiosity's Brushwork on Martian 'Bonanza King'
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