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Favorite Images From Mars

  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars
  • Martian Concretions Near Fram Crater
  • Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • 'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (False Color)
  • Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
  • Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope
  • You made a big impact on me!
  • Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated)
  • Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
  • The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team
  • 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
  • Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes
  • 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum
  • Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical)
  • Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars Martian Concretions Near Fram Crater Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' You Are My 'Hole' World! 'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars (False Color) Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014 Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope You made a big impact on me! Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated) Mars Global View of Valles Marineris Curiosity Leaves Its Mark Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team 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 Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical) Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes

Mars: Press Release Images

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This graphic shows the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, one of the tools within the Sample Analysis at Mars laboratory on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. By measuring absorption of light at specific wavelengths, it measures concentrations of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor in Mars' atmosphere.
Tunable Laser Spectrometer on Curiosity Mars Rover
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NASA's MAVEN mission is observing the upper atmosphere of Mars to help understand climate change on the planet. MAVEN entered its science phase on Nov. 16, 2014.
MAVEN at the Limb of Mars, Artist's Concept
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Details of hilly terrain within a large Martian canyon are shown on a geological map based on observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Geological Mapping of Hills in Martian Canyon
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Details of hilly terrain within a large Martian canyon are shown on a geological map based on observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Geological Mapping of Hills in Martian Canyon
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is continuing its traverse southward on the western rim of Endeavour Crater during the fall of 2014, stopping to investigate targets of scientific interest along way. This view is from Opportunity's front hazard avoidance camera on Nov. 26, 2014.
Opportunity Pausing at a Bright Outcrop
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp. It was taken on Sept. 7, 2013, from near the waypoint called "Darwin" on the route toward an entry point to the mountain.
Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over.
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents (Labeled)
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Cross-bedding seen in the layers of this Martian rock is evidence of movement of water recorded by the waves or ripples of loose sediment the water passed over, such as a current in a lake. This image was acquired by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Nov. 2, 2014.
Martian Rock's Evidence of Lake Currents
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This simulation depicts a lake partially filling Mars' Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's rim. Evidence that NASA's Curiosity rover has found of ancient streams, deltas and lakes suggests the crater held a lake such as this more than three billion years ago.
Simulated View of Gale Crater Lake on Mars
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This diagram illustrates how Mount Sharp in Gale Crater, Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is now driving, might have formed billions of years ago.
Sedimentation and Erosion in Gale Crater, Mars
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This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars' Mount Sharp, where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed and is now driving. The images, taken on Earth, have been altered for the illustration of how sediments can accumulate in alternating dry periods and wet periods.
Sediment Accumulation in Dry and Wet Periods
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Lozenge-shaped crystals are evident in this magnified view of a Martian rock target called "Mojave," taken on Nov. 15, 2014, by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These features record concentration of dissolved salts, possibly in a drying lake.
Crystals May Have Formed in Drying Martian Lake
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken Nov. 2, 2014, at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' (Labeled)
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This view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment. It was taken Nov. 2, 2014, at a target called "Whale Rock" within the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
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This image shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover acquired this view on Oct. 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop (Labeled)
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This image shows an example of a thin-laminated, evenly stratified rock type that occurs in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover acquired this view on Oct. 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Thin-Laminated Rock in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin, over lake deposits.
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time (Labeled)
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This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
Sedimentary Signs of a Martian Lakebed
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This diagram depicts a vertical cross section through geological layers deposited by rivers, deltas and lakes. Deposits from a series of successive deltas build out increasingly high in elevation as they migrate toward the center of the basin, over lake deposits.
Multiple Deltas Built Out Over Time
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests multiple episodes of delta growth building southward. It is from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Multiple Episodes of Delta Growth in Gale Crater (Labeled)
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This image shows inclined beds characteristic of delta deposits where a stream entered a lake, but at a higher elevation and farther south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests multiple episodes of delta growth building southward. It is from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Multiple Episodes of Delta Growth in Gale Crater
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This diagram depicts rivers entering a lake. Where the water's flow decelerates, sediments drop out, and a delta forms, depositing a prism of sediment that tapers out toward the lake's interior. Progressive build-out of the delta through time produces sediments inclined toward the lake body.
How a Delta Forms Where River Meets Lake
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This April 4, 2014, image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene. The image shows sets of sandstone beds inclined to the south (left), indicating progressive build-out of sediment toward Mount Sharp.
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp (Labeled)
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This April 4, 2014, image from Curiosity's Mastcam looks to the west of a waypoint on the rover's route to Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene. The image shows sets of sandstone beds inclined to the south (left), indicating progressive build-out of sediment toward Mount Sharp.
Sets of Beds Inclined Toward Mount Sharp
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This March 25, 2014, view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks southward at the Kimberley waypoint. In the foreground, multiple sandstone beds show systematic inclination to the south suggesting progressive build-out of delta sediments in that direction (toward Mount Sharp).
Bedding Pattern Interpreted as Delta Deposition (Labeled)
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