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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Target: Jake Matijevic Rock

    This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a rock known as "Jake Matijevic." The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it ...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory image

    High-Resolution View of Cross-Section Through a Mars Ripple

    This image shows the wall of a scuffmark NASA's Curiosity made in a windblown ripple of Martian sand with its wheel. The upper half of the image shows a small portion of the side wall of the scuff and...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Too Big for the Sieve

    In this image, the scoop on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the larger soil particles that were too big to filter through a sample-processing sieve that is porous only to particles less than 0.006 inches...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Sand Filtered through Curiosity's Sieve

    This image shows fine sand from Mars that was filtered by NASA's Curiosity rover as part of its first "decontamination" exercise. These particles passed through a sample-processing sieve that is porou...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Image

    Thanks for the Scrub

    This image from Curiosity's Mast Camera shows NASA's Curiosity rover just after discarding a soil sample as part of its first "decontamination" exercise. A small amount of remnant material is visible ...

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  • 'Glenelg' in 3D

    'Glenelg' in 3D

    This 3D, or stereo anaglyph, view shows the upcoming science destination for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, a region dubbed "Glenelg," where three different types of material seen from orbit come togeth...

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  • Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3D

    Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3D

    This 3D, or stereo anaglyph, view shows NASA's Mars rover Curiosity where it landed on Mars within Gale Crater, at a site now called Bradbury Landing. The view was produced from images taken by the Hi...

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  • Parachute and back shell in 3D

    Parachute and Back Shell in 3D

    This 3D, or stereo anaglyph, view shows the parachute and back shell that helped guide NASA's Curiosity to the surface of Mars. The view was produced from images taken by the High Resolution Imaging S...

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  • Curiosity's first scoop

    View of Curiosity's First Scoop Also Shows Bright Object

    This image from the right Mast Camera (Mastcam) of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a scoop full of sand and dust lifted by the rover's first use of the scoop on its robotic arm. In the foreground, n...

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  • This 360-degree panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rocky terrain surrounding it as of its 55th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 1, 2012).

    View on the Way to 'Glenelg'

    This 360-degree panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rocky terrain surrounding it as of its 55th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 1, 2012). The base of Mount Sharp can be seen ...

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  • Traverse map for Curiosity

    Curiosity's Travels Through Sol 56

    This map shows the route driven by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity through the 56th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Oct. 2, 2012).

    The route starts where the rover touche...

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  • Mars image taken by Curiosity

    'Rocknest' From Sol 52 Location

    This patch of windblown sand and dust downhill from a cluster of dark rocks is the "Rocknest" site, which has been selected as the likely location for first use of the scoop on the arm of NASA's Mars ...

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  • NASA's Mars Science Laboratory image

    Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the "Rocknest" site to give researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material f...

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  • Illustration of equipment on Curiosity

    CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples

    This false-color engineering drawing shows the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity Mars ...

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  • Illustration of instrument on Curiosity

    Internal Chambers of CHIMRA

    This cutaway view shows the internal chambers of the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) device, attached to the turret at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Curiosity...

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  • This stereo image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock outcrop called

    Martian Streambed Evidence Rock in 3-D

    This stereo image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock outcrop called "Hottah," cited as evidence for vigorous flow of water in a long-ago Martian stream. The sce...

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  • 'Bathurst Inlet' rock

    'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Context View

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity held its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera about 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) away from the top of a rock called "Bathurst Inlet" for a set of eight images combined into...

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  • 'Bathurst Inlet' rock - close-up view

    'Bathurst Inlet' Rock on Curiosity's Sol 54, Close-Up View

    This is the highest-resolution view that the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired of the top of a rock called "Bathurst Inlet." The rover's arm held the camera with th...

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  • This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

    Where Water Flowed Downslope

    This image shows the topography, with shading added, around the area where NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). Higher elevations are colored in red, with cooler colors indicating...

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  • Map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg

    Curiosity's Roadside Discoveries

    This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover toward Glenelg, an area where three terrains of scientific interest converge. Arrows mark geological features encountered so far that led to t...

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