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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of a rock called "Et-Then" during the mission's 82nd sol, or Martian day (Oct. 29, 2012.)
Rock 'Et-Then' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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Sample material from the fourth scoop of Martian soil collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the rover's observation tray in this image taken during the mission's 78th Martian day, or sol, (Oct. 24, 2012) by Curiosity's left Navigation Camera.
Scooped Material on Rover's Observation Tray
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After
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This image shows part of the small pit or bite created when NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected its second scoop of Martian soil at a sandy patch called "Rocknest."
Bright Particle in Hole Dug by Scooping of Martian Soil
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The robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity delivered a sample of Martian soil to the rover's observation tray for the first time during the mission's 70th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 16, 2012)
First Sample Placed on Curiosity's Observation Tray
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Three bite marks left in the Martian ground by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image taken by the rover's right Navigation Camera during the mission's 69th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 15, 2012).
Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
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This image contributed to an interpretation by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity science team that some of the bright particles on the ground near the rover are native Martian material.
Bright Particle of Martian Origin in Scoop Hole
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This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a small bright object on the ground beside the rover at the "Rocknest" site.
Small Debris on the Ground Beside Curiosity
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Phobos, the larger of Mars' two moons, transits in front of the sun in this sequence of 10 images taken by the panoramic camera (Pancam) of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during the afternoon of the rover's 3,078th Martian day, or sol (Sept. 20, 2012).
Phobos Transit Viewed by Opportunity on Sol 3078
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This 360-degree scene shows the surroundings of the location where NASA Mars rover Curiosity arrived on the 59th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Oct. 5, 2012).
Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a pyramid-shaped rock known as "Jake Matijevic."
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
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This image shows where NASA's Curiosity rover aimed two different instruments to study a pyramid-shaped rock known as "Jake Matijevic."
Target: Jake Matijevic Rock (Annotated)
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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 (150 microns) across.
Too Big for the Sieve
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This image shows fine sand from Mars that was filtered by NASA's Curiosity rover as part of its first "decontamination" exercise.
Sand Filtered through Curiosity's Sieve
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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.
Thanks for the Scrub
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This image shows the wall of a scuffmark NASA's Curiosity made in a windblown ripple of Martian sand with its wheel.
High-Resolution View of Cross-Section Through a Mars Ripple
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This pairing illustrates the first time that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected a scoop of soil on Mars.
First Scoop by Curiosity, Sol 61 Views
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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.
Curiosity at Bradbury Landing Site in 3D
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This 3D, or stereo anaglyph, view shows the parachute and back shell that helped guide NASA's Curiosity to the surface of Mars.
Parachute and Back Shell in 3D
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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 together (middle of picture).
'Glenelg' in 3D
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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.
View of Curiosity's First Scoop Also Shows Bright Object
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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 Mars rover.
Internal Chambers of CHIMRA
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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 rover.
CHIMRA: Scoops, Sieves and Delivers Samples
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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 forming the ripple.
Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
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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'
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