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2010

screen shot from the movie 'Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010' Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 - December 22, 2010

The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The movie includes images that have been calibrated and enhanced, plus simulated frames used to smooth the action.

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screen shot from the movie 'Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010' Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 - December 22, 2010

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, transits (passes in front of) the sun in this approximately true-speed movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken on the rover's 2,415th Martian day, or sol (Nov. 9, 2010). The movie includes images that have been calibrated and enhanced, plus simulated frames used to smooth the action.

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print screen from the animation 'Mars Odyssey Earns Longevity Badge' Mars Odyssey Earns Longevity Badge - December 15, 2010

On the 3,340th day since it's arrival at Mars, NASA's Odyssey orbiter became the longest operating spacecraft at the Red Planet.

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Getting Wired for Mars

Getting Wired for Mars - November 23, 2010

Building Curiosity: Engineers test new software for NASA's Mars Curiosity mission.

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 Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie

Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie - September 16, 2010

Curiosity rover is put through its paces. NASA engineers run the Curiosity rover through an obstacle course.

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Teaching Hand-Eye Coordination

Teaching Hand-Eye Coordination - September 3, 2010

Building Curiosity: Engineers give the rover lessons in hand-eye coordination.

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Building Curiosity: Robotic Arm Attached

Building Curiosity: Robotic Arm Attached - August 20, 2010

This video shows the first test drive of the next Mars Rover, Curiosity, in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23, 2010.

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Podcast: 640x360 (67.8 MB)
Viking Mars Trail Blazer

Viking Mars Trail Blazer - August 20, 2010

The History-Making Mars Mission Launched 35 Years Ago.

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First Test Drive For Next Mars Rover

First Test Drive For Next Mars Rover - July 23, 2010

This video shows the first test drive of the next Mars Rover, Curiosity, in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on July 23, 2010. Engineers in "bunny suits" conducted the test, while proud team members watched from a viewing gallery. Deputy Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada explains the process.

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Curiosity Gets a Head

Curiosity Gets a Head - July 23, 2010

This video clip shows engineers in the JPL clean room where Curosity is getting it's "head."

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Curiosity Spins Its Wheels

Curiosity Spins Its Wheels - July 23, 2010

Engineers just installed six new wheels on the Curiosity rover, and rotated all six wheels at once on July 9, 2010.

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New Wheels

New Wheels - July 7, 2010

Engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory install a set of six wheels onto the Curiosity rover, which is destined for Mars in late 2011.

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Watch the video 'Pathfinder Innovation Contest video contest'

"Pathfinder Innovation Contest" video contest - February 15, 2010

Enter the "Pathfinder Innovation Contest" video contest "because Mars exploration isn't just for scientists and engineers..."

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Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 4

Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 4 - February 19, 2010

This episode (part 4 of a 4 part series) shows Mars team members having a little fun on April 1, 2010 (April Fool's) at the end of an exhausting parachute test campaign. The team had just completed testing the parachute for the next Mars rover, Curiosity. Curiosity used a similar parachute to successfully land on Mars in August 2012.


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Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 3

Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 3 - February 19, 2010

This video (part 3 of a 4 part series) shows engineers testing a new parachute in the largest wind tunnel on Earth for the Curiosity rover prior to its launch and landing. Curiosity used a similar parachute to successfully land on Mars in August 2012.


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Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 2

Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 2 - February 19, 2010

This video (part 2 of a 4 part series) shows engineers testing a new parachute in the largest wind tunnel on Earth for the Curiosity rover. Curiosity used a similar parachute to successfully land on Mars in August 2012.


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Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 1

Testing Curiosity's Parachute - Part 1 - February 19, 2010

This video (part 1 of a 4 part series) shows engineers testing a new parachute in the largest wind tunnel on Earth for the Curiosity rover prior to its launch and landing. Curiosity used a similar parachute to successfully land on Mars in August 2012.


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Watch the video 'Spirit's Last Moves Before Winter'

Spirit's Last Moves Before Winter - February 5, 2010

Recent drive commands have concentrated on improving Spirit's tilt toward the sun as the Martian winter approaches.

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Watch the video 'Spirit: Six Years of Roving Mars'

Spirit: Six Years of Roving Mars - January 26, 2010

After six years on the move, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit prepares for a new phase of science.

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Watch the video 'Spirit of Mars'

Spirit of Mars - January 25, 2010

Six years of exploration through the 'eyes' of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

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Watch the video 'Opportunity: Making Tracks on Mars'

Opportunity: Making Tracks on Mars - January 22, 2010

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took a break from crater-hopping to check out a rock that originated deep in the planet's crust.

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