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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera on its arm on July 12, 2014, to catch the first images of sparks produced by the rover's laser being shot at a rock on Mars. The left image is from before the laser zapped this rock, called "Nova." The spark is at the center of the right image.
First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
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A Martian target rock called "Nova," shown here, displayed an increasing concentration of aluminum as a series of laser shots from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover penetrated through dust on the rock's surface.
Curiosity's ChemCam Examines Mars Rock Target 'Nova'
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An artist's concept showing an astronaut boot print. Half the boot print is on orange soil, while the other on gray.
America's Next Giant Leap
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Image shows rover tracks and an astronaut boot on the surface of Mars.
NASA's Path to Mars #NextGiantLeap
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A small impact crater on Mars named Gratteri, 4.3 miles (6.9 km) wide, lies at the center of large dark streaks.
Mars Impact Crater Gratteri
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This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called "Lebanon," similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
Curiosity Finds Iron Meteorite on Mars
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Artist's concept image of a boot print on the moon and on Mars.
Apollo Footprint
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This shows a detailed geological map of the surface of Mars.
Geologic Map of Mars
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This new global geologic map of Mars depicts the most thorough representation of the "Red Planet's" surface. This map provides a framework for continued scientific investigation of Mars as the long-range target for human space exploration
Global Geologic Map of Mars
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This pair of images covers one of many sites on Mars where researchers use the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to study changes in gullies on slopes. Changes such as the ones visible in deposits near the lower end of this gully occur during winter and early spring on Mars.
Changes Near Downhill End of a Martian Gully
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Curiosity-msl-landing-ellipse-edge-HiRise-This image shows Curiosity's landing area, rover tracks and a light blue line crosses showing the rover passing the landing-ellipse boundary.
Curiosity Mars Rover at Edge of Its Landing Ellipse
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This June 2014 image from the clean room at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, shows ongoing assembly of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, including the first of the orbiter's two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
NASA Radio Installed in Europe's Next Mars Orbiter
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The European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, being assembled in France for a 2016 launch, will carry two Electra UHF relay radios provided by NASA.
Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter Gets NASA Electra Radio
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Hours after its successful engineering flight, the first test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project is lifted aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
Test Vehicle Gets a Lift
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The first "flown" test vehicle of Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project relaxes aboard the recovery vessel Kahana.
LDSD Saucer Aboard
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This image, taken by a member of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator team onboard a recovery vessel, shows the initial moments of the June 28, 2014, powered flight of the saucer-shaped test vehicle.
First Seconds of LDSD Test
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, two members of the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal swim towards the pilot ballute that was used to deploy the parachute. In the background, the recovery vessel Mana'o II.
Saturday Afternoon Swim
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Hours after the June 28, 2014, test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator over the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range, the saucer-shaped test vehicle is lifted aboard the Kahana recovery vessel.
Saucer Out of the Drink
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The picture show the LDSD test vehicle and an engine burn in orange/red, with Earth as a blue-green orb in the background.
Rocketing to Higher Altitudes
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The test vehicle rides on a long, while balloon, against a clear blue sky.
Balloon Lifts Test Vehicle to High Altitudes
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This image shows the LDSD test vehicle on a tall launch tower. The vehicle appears hanging or suspended several feet in the air, while workers wearing yellow vests and protective helmets scurry below.
Hanging Saucer
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Some of the women working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates the Curiosity Mars rover, gathered for this photo in the Mars Yard used for rover testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Women of Mars, in Mars Yard at JPL
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Scientists used the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover to examine a Martian rock "shell" about one inch across, embedded in bedrock and with a hollow interior. This graphic combines an image of the target with results from using ChemCam's laser on the rock and adjacent points
Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera
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This stereo vista from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity catches "Pillinger Point," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, in the foreground. The May 14, 2014, image appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses with the red lens on the left.
'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (Stereo)
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This May 14, 2014, scene from the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity catches "Pillinger Point," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, in the foreground and the crater's eastern rim on the horizon. The scene's false color makes differences in surface materials more easily visible.
'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (False Color)
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