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Favorite Images From Mars Rover Curiosity

  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Rover Takes Self Portrait
  • High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
  • Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
  • Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward
  • Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes
  • Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site
  • Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
  • Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
  • Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
  • Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
  • Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
  • Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated)
  • Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced)
  • Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
  • Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
  • View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated)
  • Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated)
  • Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
  • View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
  • View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
  • Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced
  • Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
  • Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
  • Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye
  • Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
  • First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
  • Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling
  • Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated)
  • Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated)
  • 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated)
  • Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120
  • 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
  • Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
  • Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
  • Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
  • Link to a Watery Past
  • On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • Wheels and a Destination
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED)
  • Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
  • Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
  • Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
  • Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
  • Destination Mount Sharp
  • Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
  • Behold Mount Sharp!
  • Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
  • Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
  • Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Rover Takes Self Portrait High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop You Are My 'Hole' World! Curiosity Marches Onward and Upward Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling Site Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014 Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated) Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced) Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated) Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated) Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler' View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland' Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View) Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated) Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated) 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated) Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground Curiosity's Location During First Scooping Target: Jake Matijevic Rock Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest' Link to a Watery Past On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated) Wheels and a Destination Curiosity Leaves Its Mark Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED) Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp Destination Mount Sharp Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail Behold Mount Sharp! Destination Gale Crater in August 2012 Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

Mars Rover Curiosity: Press Release Images

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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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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
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now. It was taken March 13, 2014, just north of the "Kimberley" waypoint.
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley' (Labeled)
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This image from Curiosity's Mastcam shows inclined beds of sandstone interpreted as the deposits of small deltas fed by rivers flowing down from the Gale Crater rim and building out into a lake where Mount Sharp is now. It was taken March 13, 2014, just north of the "Kimberley" waypoint.
Inclined Martian Sandstone Beds Near 'Kimberley'
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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 the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp.
Curiosity's Route from Landing to 'Pahrump Hills'
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NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s - goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.
NASA's Journey to Mars
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This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a swath of bedrock called "Alexander Hills," which the rover approached for close-up inspection of selected targets. It is a mosaic of six frames taken on Nov. 23, 2014.
Within Rover's Reach at Mars Target Area 'Alexander Hills'
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Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
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Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
Ripples Beside 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop at Base of Mount Sharp
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Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp
Erosion Resistance at 'Pink Cliffs' at Base of Martian Mount Sharp (Labeled)
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