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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory image

    A Rover's Journey Begins

    Tracks from the first drives of NASA's Curiosity rover are visible in this image captured by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The r...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Camera on Curiosity's Arm as Seen by Camera on Mast

    The left eye of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of the camera on the rover's arm, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), during the 30th Martian day, or sol, of th...

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    Curiosity's Robotic Arm

    This engineering drawing shows the location of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, in addition to the arm's turret, which holds two instruments and three tools. The arm places and holds turret-mounted ...

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  • 3-D View from Bradbury landing site

    3-D View from Bradbury Landing Site

    This 3-D image from NASA's Curiosity was taken from the rover's Bradbury Landing site inside Gale Crater, Mars, using the left and right eyes of its Navigation camera. Between the rover on the right, ...

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  • Orbiter vew of Curiosity from nearly straight overhead

    Orbiter View of Curiosity From Nearly Straight Overhead

    Details such as the shadow of the mast on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity appear in an image taken Aug. 17, 2012, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnais...

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  • Tracks from Eastbound Drive on Curiosity's Sol 22

    Tracks from Eastbound Drive on Curiosity's Sol 22

    On Aug. 28, 2012, during the 22nd Martian day, or sol, after landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover drove about 52 feet (16 meters) eastward, the longest drive of the mission so far. The drive imprin...

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  • Martian Soil on Curiosity's Wheels After Sol 22 Drive

    Martian Soil on Curiosity's Wheels After Sol 22 Drive

    Soil clinging to the right middle and rear wheels of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this image taken by the Curiosity's Navigation Camera after the rover's third drive on Mars. The drive o...

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    Curiosity Leaves Its Mark

    This image shows a close-up of track marks from the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. The rover's arm is visible in the foreground. A close inspection of the tracks reveals a unique, repeati...

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    Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp

    This color panorama shows a 360-degree view of the landing site of NASA's Curiosity rover, including the highest part of Mount Sharp visible to the rover. That part of Mount Sharp is approximately 12 ...

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  • Mars image

    Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam

    This image is from a test series used to characterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover. It was taken on Aug. 23, 2012, and looks south-southwest from the rover's landing site. ...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Side Panels Off

    An instrument suite that will analyze the chemical ingredients in samples of Martian atmosphere, rocks and soil during the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, is shown here during assembly at NASA...

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    From Infinity and Beyond

    The two donut-shaped tracks make an infinity symbol, and mark the first two drives of NASA's Curiosity rover. The landing site is at the far right. Tracks from the first drive on Aug. 22, 2012 lead aw...

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    Curiosity Speaks Volumes

    This chart shows increases in the volume of data coming back from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity over recent sols, or Martian days. The rover has the ability to talk directly to Earth, but its data can b...

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    Curiosity Speaks and Orbiters Listen

    This chart illustrates how NASA's Curiosity rover talks to Earth. While the rover can send direct messages, it communicates more efficiently with the help of spacecraft in orbit, including NASA's Odys...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Getting to Know Mount Sharp

    This image taken by the Mast Camera (MastCam) on NASA's Curiosity rover highlights the interesting geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed. Prior to the rover's l...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Big Wheels Keep on Rollin'

    This image taken by a front Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity shows track marks from the rover's first Martian drives. The rover's Bradbury Landing site and its first tire marks are seen at ...

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    Evidence of Curiosity's Second Drive

    This image taken by NASA's Curiosity rover shows track marks from a successful drive to the scour mark known as Goulburn, an area of bedrock exposed by thrusters on the rover's descent stage. The scou...

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    Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp

    A chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this postcard from NASA's Curiosity rover. The image shows the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.
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    Rover Takes Its First 'Steps'

    This overhead view shows evidence of a successful first test drive for NASA's Curiosity rover. On Aug. 22, 2012, the rover made its first move, going forward about 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotating 120 d...

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  • Making Tracks on Mars

    Making Tracks on Mars

    This image shows the tracks left by NASA's Curiosity rover on Aug. 22, 2012, as it completed its first test drive on Mars. The rover went forward 15 feet (4.5 meters), rotated 120 degrees and then rev...

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