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Favorite Images From Mars

  • Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home
  • Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
  • Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1)
  • Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1)
  • Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive'
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars
  • Martian 'Blueberries'
  • Frost on Crater Slope
  • Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock'
  • An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows
  • Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Weird Crater
  • Activity in Martian Gully
  • Feathery Ridges
  • Endeavour Crater on Mars
  • Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope
  • Frost in Dune Shadows
  • Craters in an Icy Surface
  • You made a big impact on me!
  • Gale Crater Erosion
  • Colorful Dunes
  • Mars Global View of Valles Marineris
  • Polygonal Sand Dunes
  • Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp
  • Landing on Mars!
  • Hands Held High
  • The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars
  • A Martian Sunset
  • Dust Devils on Mars
  • East Rim of Endeavour Crater
  • Martian Mosaic
  • A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks
  • Northern Ice Cap of Mars
  • A Gem of a Find
  • Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits
  • Mars' Moon Phobos
  • Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars
  • Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes
  • 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum
  • Rover Selfie of Solar Panels
  • Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes
  • Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
  • Tharsis Volcano
Minerals at Gale Crater: Curiosity's Home Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1) Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1) Mars Orbiter Sees Curiosity Rover in 'Artist's Drive' Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp Yardangs in Arsinoes Chaos, Mars Martian 'Blueberries' Frost on Crater Slope Cross-Bedding at 'Whale Rock' An Enigmatic Feature in Athabasca Lava Flows Dunes and Ripples in Nili Patera You Are My 'Hole' World! Weird Crater Activity in Martian Gully Feathery Ridges Endeavour Crater on Mars Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope Frost in Dune Shadows Craters in an Icy Surface You made a big impact on me! Gale Crater Erosion Colorful Dunes Mars Global View of Valles Marineris Polygonal Sand Dunes Curiosity's Stars and Stripes Curiosity Leaves Its Mark A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp Landing on Mars! Hands Held High The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars A Martian Sunset Dust Devils on Mars East Rim of Endeavour Crater Martian Mosaic A Wild Assortment of Jumbled Rocks Northern Ice Cap of Mars A Gem of a Find Crater on North Polar Layered Deposits Mars' Moon Phobos Phoenix and the American Flag on Mars Defrosting Polar Sand Dunes 'Victoria Crater' at Meridiani Planum Rover Selfie of Solar Panels Endurance Crater's Dazzling Dunes Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain Tharsis Volcano

Mars: Press Release Images

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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, with drill tailings around the holes plus piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper hole and later discarded after other portions of the sample had been delivered to analytical instruments inside the rover.
Dust from Mars Drilling: Tailings and Discard Piles
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This sequence of seven images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows wind-caused changes in the parachute of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as the chute lay on the Martian ground during months after its use in safe landing of the Curiosity rover.
Curiosity's Parachute Flapping in the Wind
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The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) instrument, shown here at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., before its integration onto NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
MAVEN Neutral and Ion Mass Spectrometer
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An artist's concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars. Closest approach to Mars is on October 19, 2014.
A Comet Heads for Mars
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This view of Curiosity's left-front and left-center wheels and of marks made by wheels on the ground in the "Yellowknife Bay" area comes from one of six cameras used on Mars for the first time more than six months after the rover landed.
View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars
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This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective.
Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction
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The image, at lower left, is annotated to show where the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took measurement on a rock outcrop (Spot 39) and on loose soil (Spot 40) within the "Yellowknife Bay' area of Mars' Gale Crater.
Variation in Subsurface Water In 'Yellowknife Bay'
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This set of graphs shows variation in the amount and the depth of water detected beneath NASA's Mars rover Curiosity by use of the rover's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument at different points along the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
Variation in Water Content in Martian Subsurface Along Curiosity's Traverse
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The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity detects even very small amounts of water in the ground beneath the rover, primarily water bound into the crystal structure of hydrated minerals.
Two Types of Modeling of Subsurface Water
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This chart graphs measurements made by the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity against the distance the rover has driven, in meters.
Variations of DAN measurements along Curiosity traverse
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
Comparing Mastcam and Laboratory Spectra
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This set of images illustrates how the science filters of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be used to investigate aspects of the composition and mineralogy of materials on Mars.
Drill Hole Image and Spectra Acquired by Mastcam
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting internal color in this rock called "Sutton_Inlier," which was broken by the rover driving over it.
Bluish Color in Broken Rock in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity showed researchers interesting color and patterns in this unnamed rock imaged during the 27th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Sept. 2, 2012).
Bluish-Black Rock with White 'Crystals' on Mars
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the inset of the calibration target for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how false color can be used to make differences more evident in the materials in the scene.
Using False Color from Curiosity's Mast Camera
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This image of terrain inside Mars' Gale Crater and the inset of the calibration target for the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate how the calibration target aids researchers in adjusting images to estimate "natural" color, or approximately what the colors would look like if we were to view the scene ourselves on Mars, using the known colors of materials on the target.
Using Curiosity's Mast Camera to View Scene in 'Natural' Color
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These three versions of the same image taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity illustrate different choices that scientists can make in presenting the colors recorded by the camera.
'Raw,' 'Natural' and 'White-Balanced' Views of Martian Terrain
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The color cameras on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, including the pair that make up the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument, use the same type of Bayer pattern RGB filter as found in typical commercial color cameras.
Filters for Color Imaging and for Science
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This set of images illustrates the twin cameras of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover (upper left), the Mastcam calibration target (lower center), and the locations of the cameras and target on the rover.
Mast Camera and Its Calibration Target on Curiosity Rover
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This close-up view of "Tintina" was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Sol 160 (Jan. 17, 2013) and shows interesting linear textures in the bright white material on the rock.
Close-up View of Broken Mars Rock 'Tintina'
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On this image of the broken rock called "Tintina," color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for broken rock 'Tintina'
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This raw image of "Tintina," a broken rock fragment in a rover wheel track, was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam).
Rock "Tintina" Exposes "Yellowknife Bay" Vein Material
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On this image of the rock target "Knorr," color coding maps the amount of mineral hydration indicated by a ratio of near-infrared reflectance intensities measured by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for 'Knorr' Rock Target
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At different locations on the surface of the same rock, scientists can use the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to measure the amount of reflected light at a series of different wavelengths.
Indication of Hydration in Veins and Nodules of 'Knorr' in 'Yellowknife Bay'
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Light-toned nodules and veins are visible in this image from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity of a patch of sedimentary rock called "Knorr."
Veins and Nodules at 'Knorr' Target in 'Yellowknife Bay' of Gale Crater
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