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Favorite Images From Mars Rover Curiosity

  • Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole, Mars
  • Routine Inspection of Rover Wheel Wear and Tear
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Gobabeb' Scooping Site
  • Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars
  • 'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close (Full Unannotated)
  • Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain
  • Strata at Base of Mount Sharp
  • Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply
  • Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie
  • Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead
  • Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater
  • Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1)
  • Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1)
  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp
  • You Are My 'Hole' World!
  • Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop
  • 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
  • Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
  • Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
  • 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
  • Gale Crater Erosion
  • View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (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
  • Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120
  • 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated)
  • Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated)
  • Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated)
  • 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
  • High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
  • 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
  • Curiosity's Stars and Stripes
  • On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • Wheels and a Destination
  • Rover Takes Self Portrait
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
  • Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
  • A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp
  • Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
  • Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED)
  • Destination Mount Sharp
  • Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
  • Behold Mount Sharp!
  • Landing on Mars!
  • Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
  • Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
  • Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole, Mars Routine Inspection of Rover Wheel Wear and Tear Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Gobabeb' Scooping Site Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'Namib Dune' on Mars 'High Dune' is First Martian Dune Studied up Close (Full Unannotated) Curiosity Rover Will Study Dunes on Route up Mountain Strata at Base of Mount Sharp Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie Curiosity Rover's View of Alluring Martian Geology Ahead Sunset in Mars' Gale Crater Looking Toward Curiosity Study Areas, Spring 2015 (Figure 1) Diverse Terrain Types on Mount Sharp, Mars (Figure 1) Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' on Mount Sharp You Are My 'Hole' World! Resistant Features in 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop 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 Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp 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 Gale Crater Erosion View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (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 Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated) Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated) Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated) 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera 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 Curiosity's Stars and Stripes On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated) Wheels and a Destination Rover Takes Self Portrait Curiosity Leaves Its Mark Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp A Glimpse of Mt. Sharp Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED) Destination Mount Sharp Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail Behold Mount Sharp! Landing on Mars! Destination Gale Crater in August 2012 Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall

Mars Rover Curiosity: Press Release Images

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, try out the Microsoft Hololens mixed reality headset during a preview of "Destination: Mars" at Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida.
"Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, left, and Erisa Hines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, speak to members of the news media during a preview of the new "Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida.
"Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center
A ceremonial ribbon is cut for the opening of new "Destination: Mars" experience at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida. From the left are Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the visitor complex; center director Bob Cabana; Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Kudo Tsunoda of Microsoft; and Jeff Norris of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Ribbon Cutting
This view from Curiosity shows a dramatic hillside outcrop with sandstone layers that scientists refer to as "cross-bedding."
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 5)
Curiosity got close to this outcrop on Sept. 9, 2016, which displays finely layered rocks.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 4)
This closeup view from NASA's Curiosity rover shows finely layered rocks, deposited by wind long ago as migrating sand dunes.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 3)
Curiosity viewed sloping buttes and layered outcrops as it exited the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp, Sept. 9, 2016.
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 2)
The rim of Gale Crater is visible in the distance, through the dusty haze, in this Curiosity view of a sloping hillside on Mount Sharp
Farewell to Murray Buttes (Image 1)
This chart illustrates comparisons among the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Earth's moon and Mars.
Out-of-this-World Records
This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover's arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide.
Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
This July 22, 2016, stereo scene from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows boulders at a site called "Bimbe" on lower Mount Sharp. They contain pebble-size and larger rock fragments. The image appears three dimensional when viewed through red-blue glasses with the red lens on the left.
Breccia-Conglomerate Rocks on Lower Mount Sharp, Mars (Stereo)
This 360-degree vista was acquired on Aug. 5, 2016, by the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover as the rover neared features called "Murray Buttes" on lower Mount Sharp. The dark, flat-topped mesa seen to the left of the rover's arm is about 50 feet high and, near the top, about 200 feet wide.
Rover's Panorama of Entrance to 'Murray Buttes' on Mars
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover began close-up investigation of a target called "Marimba," on lower Mount Sharp, during the week preceding the fourth anniversary of the mission's Aug. 6, 2016, landing. Curiosity's Navigation Camera took this shot of the rover's arm over Marimba on Aug. 2, 2016.
Curiosity's Arm Over 'Marimba' Target on Mount Sharp
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument. For example, on-board software analyzed the Navcam image at left, chose the target indicated with a yellow dot, and pointed ChemCam for laser shots and the image at right.
Autonomous Selection of a Rover's Laser Target on Mars
Two sizes of ripples are evident in this Dec. 13, 2015, view of a top of a Martian sand dune, from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Sand dunes and the smaller type of ripples also exist on Earth. The larger ripples are a type not seen on Earth nor previously recognized as a distinct type on Mars.
Two Sizes of Ripples on Surface of Martian Sand Dune
This scene shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a location called "Windjana," where the rover found rocks containing manganese-oxide minerals, which require abundant water and strongly oxidizing conditions to form.
NASA's Curiosity at Site of Clues About Ancient Oxygen
This graphic maps the first 14 sites where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected rock or soil samples for analysis using the rover's onboard laboratory. It also presents images of the drilled holes where 12 rock-powder samples were acquired. At the other two sites Curiosity scooped soil samples.
Curiosity's First 14 Rock or Soil Sampling Sites on Mars
The top of the rover's mast faces away in this May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp. The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI).
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole, Mars, Facing Away
This May 11, 2016, self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Okoruso" drilling site on lower Mount Sharp's "Naukluft Plateau." The scene is a mosaic of multiple images taken with the arm-mounted Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI).
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole
This animated image blinks two versions of a May 11, 2016, selfie of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at a drilled sample site called "Okoruso." In one version, cameras atop the rover's mast face the arm-mounted camera taking the portrait. In the other, they face away.
Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Okoruso' Drill Hole, Mars
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover measures the concentration of methane in the atmosphere at Gale Crater. A one-time spike in methane, up to about 7 parts per billion occurred during Curiosity's first Martian year. Variations in much lower background levels of methane may be seasonal.
Methane Background Levels at Gale Crater, Mars
By monitoring weather through two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns in variables such as temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure. Each Mars year lasts nearly two Earth years.
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
By monitoring weather through two Martian years since landing in Gale Crater, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has documented seasonal patterns in variables such as temperature, water-vapor content and air pressure. Each Mars year lasts nearly two Earth years.
Seasonal Cycles in Curiosity's First Two Martian Years
This early-morning view from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on March 16, 2016, covers a portion of the inner wall of Gale Crater. At right, the image fades into glare of the rising sun. Details such as gullies and debris fans help geologists understand processes that shaped the crater.
Northern Portion of Gale Crater Rim Viewed from 'Naukluft Plateau'
This 360-degree panorama from the Mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the rugged surface of 'Naukluft Plateau' plus upper Mount Sharp at right and part of the rim of Gale Crater. The April 4, 2016, scene is dominated by eroded remnants of a finely layered ancient sandstone deposit.
Full-Circle Vista from 'Naukluft Plateau' on Mars
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