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A section of the Mars Science Laboratory's Gale Crater landing site is shown, with a representative path from the landing location toward the layered mound to the south.
Studying a Wider Swath
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This image displays the type of detail discernable with the telescopic camera of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
Detail Observed from 10 Feet away with Curiosity's ChemCam
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This image provides an example of the type of data collected by the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover.
Example of a Spectrum from Curiosity's ChemCam Instrument
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This image illustrates the principals of a technique called "laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy," which the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument will use on Mars.
Schematic of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
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This artist's impression Mars' Gale Crater depicts a cross section through the mountain in the middle of the crater, from a viewpoint looking toward the southeast.
Cross Section of Gale Crater, Mars
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Gale Crater, where the rover Curiosity of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will land in August 2012, contains a mountain rising from the crater floor.
Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity
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This view of the head of the remote sensing mast on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, shows seven of the 17 cameras on the rover.
Head of Mast on Mars Rover Curiosity (Labeled)
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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will study chemistry of rocks, soil and air as the mission's rover, Curiosity, investigates Gale Crater on Mars.
SAM Instrument at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Color coding in this image of Gale Crater on Mars represents differences in elevation, with blue relatively low and tan relatively high.
Topography of Gale Crater
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This is an artist's conception of Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) Mars orbiter.
Artist's Concept of MAVEN
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This is an artist's conception of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution MissioN (MAVEN) Mars orbiter.
Artist's Concept of MAVEN
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This view of channels on Mars came from NASA's Mariner 9 orbiter. In 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to enter orbit around Mars.
Mariner 9 View of Nirgal Vallis
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Color coding in this image of Gale Crater on Mars represents differences in elevation.
Topography of Gale Crater
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Rhythmic patterns of sedimentary layering in Danielson Crater on Mars result from periodic changes in climate related to changes in tilt of the planet.
Rhythmic Layering in Danielson Crater on Mars
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Color coding in this image of Mars represents differences in elevation, measured by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.
Topography of Mars
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Sulfates are found overlying clay minerals in sediments within Columbus Crater, a depression that likely hosted a lake in the past.
Sulfates and Clays in Columbus Crater, Mars
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Thick stacks of clay minerals indicate chemical alteration of thick stacks of rock by interaction with liquid water on ancient Mars.
Chemical Alteration by Water, Mawrth Vallis
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity studied layers in the Burns Cliff slope of Endurance Crater in 2004.
Layers in Burns Cliff Examined by Opportunity
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On ancient Mars, water carved channels and transported sediments to form fans and deltas within lake basins.
Chemical Alteration by Water, Jezero Crater Delta
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Recent small craters discovered by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter expose buried ice in the middle latitudes of Mars.
Fresh Crater Revealing Buried Ice
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Modern-day Mars experiences cyclical changes in climate and, consequently, ice distribution. Unlike Earth, the obliquity (or tilt) of Mars changes substantially on timescales of hundreds of thousands to millions of years.
Changes in Tilt of Mars' Axis
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft near Mars.
MAVEN at Mars, Artist's Concept
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Employees gathered one level above monitor the progress of the protective mesh container known as the "gorilla cage," holding the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG) for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, as it is lifted near the top of the Atlas V rocket in the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41.
Installing the MMRTG Power Source
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Enclosed in the protective mesh container known as the "gorilla cage," the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG) for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission is lifted up the side of the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41.
Lifting the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG)
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