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Favorite Images From Mars

  • Curiosity Rover Finds and Examines a Meteorite on Mars
  • Dust Haze Hiding the Martian Surface in 2001
  • A Sharpened Ultraviolet View of Mars
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes'
  • Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
  • Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
  • Routine Inspection of Rover Wheel Wear and Tear
  • For a Decade Orbiting Mars: One Recent View
  • Wind at Work
  • Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
  • 'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units
  • 'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close (Full Unannotated)
  • Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
  • Strata at Base of Mount Sharp
  • Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
  • Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie
  • Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead
  • Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home
  • Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
  • Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1)
  • Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1)
  • Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars
  • Martian 'Blueberries'
  • Frost on Crater Slope
  • Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
  • An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows
  • Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Weird Crater
  • Activity in Martian Gully
  • Feathery Ridges
  • Endeavour Crater on Mars
  • Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope
  • Frost in Dune Shadows
  • Craters in an Icy Surface
  • You made a big impact on me!
  • Gale Crater Erosion
  • Colorful Dunes
  • Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
  • Polygonal Sand Dunes
  • Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp
  • Landing on Mars!
  • Hands Held High
  • The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars
  • A Martian Sunset
  • Dust Devils on Mars
  • East Rim of Endeavour Crater
  • Martian Mosaic
  • A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
  • Northern Ice Cap of Mars
  • A Gem of a Find
  • Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits
  • Mars' Moon Phobos
  • Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars
  • Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes
  • 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum
  • Rover Selfie of Solar Panels
  • Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
  • Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
  • Tharsis Volcano
Curiosity Rover Finds and Examines a Meteorite on Mars Dust Haze Hiding the Martian Surface in 2001 A Sharpened Ultraviolet View of Mars Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes' Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune Routine Inspection of Rover Wheel Wear and Tear For a Decade Orbiting Mars: One Recent View Wind at Work Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars 'Marias Pass,' Contact Zone of Two Martian Rock Units 'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close (Full Unannotated) Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1) Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1) Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive' Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars Martian 'Blueberries' Frost on Crater Slope Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera You Are My 'Hole' World! Weird Crater Activity in Martian Gully Feathery Ridges Endeavour Crater on Mars Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope Frost in Dune Shadows Craters in an Icy Surface You made a big impact on me! Gale Crater Erosion Colorful Dunes Mars Global View of Valles Marineris Polygonal Sand Dunes Curiosity's Stars and Stripes Curiosity Leaves Its Mark A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp Landing on Mars! Hands Held High The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars A Martian Sunset Dust Devils on Mars East Rim of Endeavour Crater Martian Mosaic A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks Northern Ice Cap of Mars A Gem of a Find Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits Mars' Moon Phobos Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum Rover Selfie of Solar Panels Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain Tharsis Volcano

Mars: Press Release Images

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A prototype of the Lander Vision System for NASA's Mars 2020 mission was tested in this Dec. 9, 2014, flight of a Masten Space Systems "Xombie" vehicle at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
Test of Lander Vision System for Mars 2020
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MAVEN's Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph obtained this image of Mars on July 13, 2016, when the planet appeared nearly full when viewed from the highest altitudes in the MAVEN orbit.
A Sharpened Ultraviolet View of Mars
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This September 2016 self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Quela" drilling location in the scenic "Murray Buttes" area on lower Mount Sharp. The panorama was stitched together from multiple images taken by the MAHLI camera at the end of the rover's arm.
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Murray Buttes'
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This 360-degree panorama was acquired on Sept. 4, 2016, by the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover while the rover was in a scenic area called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The flat-topped mesa near the center of the scene rises to about 39 feet above the surrounding plain.
Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to its location in September 2016 at "Murray Buttes," and the path planned for reaching destinations at "Hematite Unit" and "Clay Unit" on lower Mount Sharp.
Curiosity Destinations for Second Extended Mission
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This graphic maps locations of the sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected its first 18 rock or soil samples for laboratory analysis inside the vehicle. It also presents images of the drilled holes where 14 rock-powder samples were acquired, most recently at "Quela," on Sept. 18, 2016.
Curiosity's Rock or Soil Sampling Sites on Mars, Through September 2016
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The top of the butte in this Sept. 1, 2016, scene from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover stands about 16 feet above the rover and about 82 feet east-southeast of the rover. The site is in the "Murray Buttes" area of lower Mount Sharp, and this particular butte is called "M9a."
Butte 'M9a' in 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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Cluster of Martian Mesas on Lower Mount Sharp, Sols 1438 and 1439
Cluster of Martian Mesas on Lower Mount Sharp, Sols 1438 and 1439
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Martian Mesas in 'Murray Buttes' Area, Sol 1434
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Processes in Mars' surface material can explain why particular xenon (Xe) and krypton (Kr) isotopes are more abundant in the Martian atmosphere than expected, as measured by NASA's Curiosity rover. Cosmic rays striking barium (Ba) or bromine (Br) atoms can alter isotopic ratios of xenon and krypton.
Isotopic Clues to Mars' Crust-Atmosphere Interactions
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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, try out the Microsoft Hololens mixed reality headset during a preview of "Destination: Mars" at Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida.
"Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center
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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, left, and Erisa Hines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, speak to members of the news media during a preview of the new "Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida.
"Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center
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A ceremonial ribbon is cut for the opening of new "Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida. From the left are Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the visitor complex; center director Bob Cabana; Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Kudo Tsunoda of Microsoft; and Jeff Norris of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Ribbon Cutting
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This map of an area within the Arabia Terra region on Mars shows where hydrologic modeling predicts locations of depressions that would have been lakes (black), overlaid with a map of the preserved valleys (blue lines, with width exaggerated for recognition) that would have been streams.
Modeling of Relatively Recent Martian Streams and Lakes
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Valleys much younger than well-known ancient valley networks on Mars are evident near the informally named "Heart Lake" on Mars. This map presents color-coded topographical information overlaid onto a photo mosaic. Lower elevations are indicated with white and purple; higher elevations, yellow.
Landscape of Former Lakes and Streams on Northern Mars
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Streamlined forms in this Martian valley resulted from the outflow of a lake hundreds of millions years more recently than an era of Martian lakes previously confirmed. This image from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter covers an area in Arabia Terra about 8 miles wide.
Outflow Stream from Relatively Recent Martian Lake
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This view from Curiosity shows a dramatic hillside outcrop with sandstone layers that scientists refer to as "cross-bedding."
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
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Curiosity got close to this outcrop on Sept. 9, 2016, which displays finely layered rocks.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
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This closeup view from NASA's Curiosity rover shows finely layered rocks, deposited by wind long ago as migrating sand dunes.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
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Curiosity viewed sloping buttes and layered outcrops as it exited the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp, Sept. 9, 2016.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
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The rim of Gale Crater is visible in the distance, through the dusty haze, in this Curiosity view of a sloping hillside on Mount Sharp
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
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This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth's moon and Mars.
Out-of-this-World Records
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This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover's arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide.
Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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This July 22, 2016, stereo scene from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows boulders at a site called "Bimbe" on lower Mount Sharp. They contain pebble-size and larger rock fragments. The image appears three dimensional when viewed through red-blue glasses with the red lens on the left.
Boulders at 'Bimbe' on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars (Stereo)
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This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover's arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide.
Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
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