Browse Archive

  • Rock outcrop which the science team has named 'Hottah'

    Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars

    NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence for an ancient, flowing stream on Mars at a few sites, including the rock outcrop pictured here, which the science team has named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Ca...

    › View Image
  • False-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars

    Downslope of the Fan

    This false-color map shows the area within Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT). It merges topographic data with thermal inertia data that re...

    › View Image
  • Goulburn Scour

    Best View of Goulburn Scour

    This image from NASA's Curiosity Rover shows a high-resolution view of an area that is known as Goulburn Scour, a set of rocks blasted by the engines of Curiosity's descent stage on Mars. It shows a s...

    › View Image
  • Rock outcrop called Link

    Link to a Watery Past

    In this image from NASA's Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust. The fractured Link outcrop has blocks of expose...

    › View Image
  • Rock outcrops on Mars and Earth

    Rock Outcrops on Mars and Earth

    This set of images compares the Link outcrop of rocks on Mars (left) with similar rocks seen on Earth (right). The image of Link, obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover, shows rounded gravel fragments, or...

    › View Image
  • Dry streambed on alluvial fan in northern Chile

    Dry Streambed on Alluvial Fan in Northern Chile

    This image shows a dry streambed on an alluvial fan in the Atacama Desert, Chile, revealing the typical patchy, heterogeneous mixture of grain sizes deposited together. On Mars, Curiosity has seen two...

    › View Image
  • Robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm

    Curiosity's Rock-Contact Science Begins

    This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The rover's right Navigation Camera (Navcam) took this image during the 46th Ma...

    › View Image
  • Close-Ups of rock 'Jake Matijevic'

    Mars Hand Lens Imager Nested Close-Ups of Rock 'Jake Matijevic'

    This image combines photographs taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) at three different distances from the first Martian rock that NASA's Curiosity rover touched with its arm. The three exposure...

    › View Image
  • This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)

    Curiosity's Stars and Stripes

    This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 44th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Sept. 1...

    › View Image
  • President's signature on board Curiosity

    President's Signature On Board Curiosity

    This view of Curiosity's deck shows a plaque bearing several signatures of US officials, including that of President Obama and Vice President Biden. The image was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens I...

    › View Image
  • Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43

    Curiosity Traverse Map Through Sol 43

    This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 43rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012).

    The route starts where the rover touc...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    'Jake Matijevic' Contact Target for Curiosity

    The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The rock is about 10 inch...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    On the Road to Glenelg

    This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the view looking toward the "Glenelg" area, where three different terrain types come together. All three types are observed from orbit ...

    › View Image
  • This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a close-up view looking toward the

    Dark Bands Run Through Light Layers

    This mosaic from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows a close-up view looking toward the "Glenelg" area, where three different terrain types come together. All three types are observed from...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Comparing Phobos Views

    As part of a multi-mission campaign, NASA's Curiosity rover is observing Martian moon transits, the first of which involved the moon Phobos grazing the sun's disk. The event was observed on Martian da...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Phobos in Transit

    Mars has two small, asteroid-sized moons named Phobos and Deimos. From the point of view of the rover, located near the equator of Mars, these moons occasionally pass in front of, or "transit," the di...

    › View Image
  • 3D View of MAHLI Calibration Target

    3D View of MAHLI Calibration Target

    This 3D view of the calibration target for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was assembled from two images taken by that camera during the 34th Martian day, or sol, ...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Opening and Closing SAM

    This set of images from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument opening and closing, as the rover continues to check out its instruments in the first p...

    › View Image
  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory image

    Portrait of APXS on Mars

    This image shows the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) on NASA's Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on the 32nd Martia...

    › View Image
  • A sample of basaltic rock

    A Piece of New Mexico on Mars

    A sample of basaltic rock from a lava flow in New Mexico serves as a calibration target carried on the front of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity for the rover's Canadian-made Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrome...

    › View Image